Summary: What if’s can rob you of Life till you learn to seek God’s kingdom first.

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One of our local channels last week aired a report on the dangers lurking in our shower curtains. They took a fair number of minutes getting samples with swabs off people¡¦s shower curtains. Surprisingly in the greenish/black stuff that has grown there in the folds and along the base of the curtains, there were bacteria. Interestingly they never said what type of bacteria had grown. Fourteen-ten, Portland¡¦s business talk radio airs some pretty funny disclaimers the Stock Doctor¡¦s show. One of them goes like this:

¡§You won’t be able to live with yourself if you miss tonight’s Six O’clock News...

¡§Your drinking water may be killing you and everyone you know... but there is a safe and easy solution... details at 6.

¡§Also, your TV news may be trying to scare you into watching... this could affect your work, your kid’s school ... even your sex life. You can’t afford to miss tonight’s Six O’clock News.

It¡¦s followed by the "Six on the Beach" hotline number...

And then it closes with ¡§Tune in to tonight’s Six O’clock News ... the original home of news and the official harbinger of doom for the Stock Doctors Radio show. We dare you to miss it... in fact, we double dog dare you.¡¨

After last week¡¦s ¡§investigative report,¡¨ I can understand why. But fear sells papers and fear causes people to watch the news.

This last week Attorney General Ashcroft announced that the U.S. is seeking seven people concerning possible terror attacks this summer. There is nothing specific but the FBI is asking Americans to be more aware of what¡¦s going on around us. With a number of major happenings, I in our nation it seems like a prime time. Fear wins elections and solidifies political power. It doesn¡¦t matter if you¡¦re stoking the fear of higher taxes or of racial unrest; fear the other party will gut defense or gut school funding all works to raise money from the advocacy groups that surround the various issues we face. Fear not only gets the money out but it can get the vote out too.

In The Culture of Fear, Barry Glassner contends that in a nation well equipped to control disease that it is startling to see just how many people are seriously ill in our nation. He reviewed The Washington Post, The New York Times, and USA Today and found that 59 million Americans have heart disease. 53 million suffer from migraines. There are 25 million with osteoporosis. 16 million are obese and so on. Adding the figures in all the articles, he estimated 543 million Americans were seriously sick. That is a shocking number¡X543 million. It¡¦s especially shocking because the entire U.S. population was only about 270 in 1999 when he wrote this book. Fear is overrated and over emphasized. Maybe part of the anxiety disorders we see so much around us flows from an over awareness of what can go wrong. Quite a few years ago, Zig Ziggler reported in Something to Smile About that:

„« 40% of our worries will never happen

„« 30% of our worries have already happened

„« 12% of our worries are over unfounded health concerns

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