Widespread Panic

It was reported that Orson Wells’ radio dramatization of the Martian invasion of the earth in The War of the Worlds set off a widespread panic. Around 1920 the  mass communication tool of that era, the radio set, began broadcasting entertainment programs. The radio, a large wooden cabinet with tubes and receiving equipment, sat in the living room. Families would gather around it to hear a broadcast. On October 30, 1938, Wells realistic radio play, complete with sound effects, caused listeners to believe that a meteor had crashed in a field in New Jersey and that Martians were emerging to take over the country.  The report said that fear gripped listeners  and widespread panic set in with thousands trying to flee. Years later researchers discovered that only a small percentage of listeners believed the dramatization was real. By definition, panic is a sudden uncontrollable fear or anxiety often causing wildly, unthinking behavior. Widespread means covering a large area or large number of people. We are currently experiencing around us widespread fear of death from a virus, fear of food shortage, fear of  the unknown. These fears are motivating people to clear grocery shelves of food items, paper products and cleaning supplies. Jesus dealt with fearful, panicking people in His ministry. In Luke 12:22-26 , Jesus said this to His disciples “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens : they do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet  God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?” Verse 31 says “ But seek His Kingdom , and these things will be given and to you as well”. Faith rises up when we act upon Psalm 34:4 which says “I sought the Lord and He answered me; He delivered me from all my fears.” Faith in Jesus and panic cannot coexist.