In a recent episode of Big Little Lies, second grade students are warned about Global Warming. This lecture was so terrifying for one student that she tried to escape, hiding in a closet. After this little girl was discovered, she was taken to a doctor to shine light on her condition. Apparently, this second grade girl was scared to death, suffering a panic attack from the doom and gloom message presented in class.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction, Proverbs 1:7.
According to King Solomon, fear is not always a bad thing. While fear results in anxiety, distress and worry, being scared opens hearts and minds up to the afterlife. According to Solomon, the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. The problem with global warming is that those who often sound the alarm, aren’t practicing what they preach, being good stewards of God’s creation. Thus, scaring children to death isn’t offering hope or focusing on life after earth.
He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. 7 Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children. 8 But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death,” Revelation 21:6-8.
In the final chapter of the Bible, there is good and bad news. To those who endure end times by staying true to God will be rewarded with eternal life. However, John introduces the concept of the second death which should scare any adult or children. Those who fear God will become open to eternity and spiritual teaching. Desperation breeds a sense of urgency, searching for answers to the meaning of life. Therefore, while scaring children to death may continue, I pray that future warnings will include the promise of eternal security, 1 John 5:13.
by Jay Mankus