I am going to be blunt. Fear mongering goes against the fundamental teachings of Jesus Christ. Christ teaches us to love one another, to have faith in God, and to live with compassion and empathy towards all people. Fear mongering, on the other hand, seeks to exploit people’s fears and anxieties for personal gain, often at the expense of others.
When we engage in fear mongering, we are essentially spreading a message of fear and anxiety, which can be incredibly damaging to individuals and communities. Fear can paralyze people and prevent them from making rational decisions. It can also lead to division and mistrust, which can further harm relationships and communities.
Moreover, fear mongering often involves spreading false or misleading information, which can lead people to make harmful or destructive decisions. As Christians, we are called to seek the truth and to avoid bearing false witness against our neighbors. Fear mongering can also foster a sense of despair and hopelessness, which is antithetical to the message of hope and redemption that Christ brought to the world.
Instead of fear mongering, we should strive to be messengers of hope and love. We should seek to build relationships with others, to show compassion and empathy, and to spread messages of hope and encouragement. We should also seek to understand and address the underlying fears and anxieties that may be driving people to engage in fear mongering in the first place.
Ultimately, as Christians, we are called to be agents of change and reconciliation in the world. We are called to be peacemakers, to love our enemies, and to seek justice and mercy for all people. Fear mongering goes against these core teachings and ultimately serves to divide and harm rather than unite and heal.