Faith, fear and clowns

Ask the Pastor

by Pastor Daniel Rudd

I am a local pastor at The Gathering House, and I was speaking with the editor about the idea of writing an “Ask the Pastor” column in Nation Valley News. I would like this to be an opportunity for anyone who is struggling with any questions to have them answered in this column. You can submit questions to Pastor Daniel at daniel@thegatheringhouse.ca.

This week I was looking on social media and I have been following all the drama over the clowns terrorizing people. I have been watching what started with reports of clowns trying to lure kids into the forest to groups of them surrounding cars just to terrify people. Some have carried weapons; some haven’t.

I have been following this phenomenon with great intrigue to see what will happen. There are lots of different ideas as to why this is happening from trying to raise awareness for new movies, to just people playing pranks, or something more sinister. But whatever the reason, the motive is still the same — trying to strike fear into the hearts and minds of people.

I have been watching as this situation has started to come closer to home. The other night there was a clown sighting in Cornwall. This situation is one that I hope and pray will end soon. But even if it doesn’t, there is still a God who is in control.

These people are absolutely trying to strike fear, which is not how God desires us to live. Scripture says that the Lord has given those who are his own, a spirit not of fear. “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” 2 Timothy 2:7 (ESV)

The devil has a desire that we as humans do not live the way God has designed us to. No one is designed to live in fear. Fear is an instinct that God has given us to have whenever there is a threat, so that we can react appropriately.

God has shown how much he cares for us, and for our fears, by dying for us and defeating the devil. Jesus Christ died for us and rose again. In doing this, he defeated the devil and has promised to be with us. So we can hold onto his promises in Hebrews where he says: “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?” Hebrews 13:5-6 (ESV)