When such a person hears the words of this oath, he invokes a blessing on himself and therefore thinks, “I will be safe, even though I persist in going my own way.” This will bring disaster on the watered land as well as the dry. The LORD will never be willing to forgive him; his wrath and zeal will burn against that man. All the curses written in this book will fall upon him, and the LORD will blot out his name from under heaven. (Deuteronomy 29:19-21 NIV)

In C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the four Pevensie children found themselves in the mysterious land of Narnia. There they discovered a pair of talking animals, Mr. and Mrs. Beaver.  Intent on learning about Narnia’s curse where it is always winter but never Christmas, Mr. Beaver began to describe his hope in Aslan:

“Aslan is a lion-the Lion, the great Lion,” “Ooh,” said Susan. “I’d thought he was a man. Is he–quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion”…”Safe?” said Mr. Beaver… “Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you?”

To speak of Aslan without awe was to speak from ignorance. To suggest that he might be safe was, to Mr. Beaver, the height of folly. Aslan was full of virtue and goodness–but was he safe? Absolutely not! He’s the King! Since when are great king’s safe?

In America, after seventeen successive months of record-breaking gun and ammunition sales, November post-election purchases are reported down. Boosting the nearly year-and-a-half buying spree was anxiety over a “President Clinton” in Washington. Some of her “not for the general public” comments contributed to a belief Mrs. Clinton would challenge the constitutional right to bear arms. For a large segment of the U.S. population, privately-owned weapons provides a feeling of safety and security.

Now that it appears the nation elected a leader other than Mrs. Clinton, her side is expressing their high-anxiety. Claims that Trump is a racist, sexist, anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant, xenophobe have saturated much of the media. Anger mixed with fear is directed at the election winner as thousands voice their fear of a President Trump.

The insanity behind the insecurity is the convoluted thought people have about safety. Apart from Christ all peace is a false peace. Guns or friends in high places are not the answer. Identifying with the strong or bringing down powerful leaders are vain pursuits. There is no security in oligarchy or anarchy. Riches and technology don’t make us safe or why would the wealthy seek a walled underground fail-safe neighborhood?

According to Deuteronomy 29 (above) safety is an illusion for those choosing sin over obedience. Professing faith in God yet living like He tolerates evil is a dangerous path. By slandering and attributing evil to a fellow believer (“racist”, “Hitler”, “sexist”, “homophobe”, etc.), invites God’s judgment (James 4:11-12). (Trump and Clinton have stated they are Christians. The risk of angering God by slandering one of His own should silence us.) Is it because people mistakenly believe God is safe that they would chance repeating a lie? Fear God. Know what happens to liars (Revelation 21:8).

Just as there are false threats of violence, there are vain promises of security. In coming days, the forces of evil will attract uninformed Christians with the delusion they offer “peace and safety” (1 Thessalonians 5:3). For the godless, there is terror on every side.

No matter where we live, our only hope for shelter in a time of storm is Jesus. Saying we know the Lord, does not mean we are safe? By no means! He’s the King! Safe from hate and violence we’re not, but to people of good will and to all who love and fear Him, our God is a rock and refuge. Safe am I in the hollow of His hand.

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