It is precisely this belief in divine providence that has been most weakened by the ascent of materialism, especially Darwinism. Although most Americans profess to believe in God, for many this God isn’t terribly energetic, let alone being in charge of events. We increasingly feel that we live in a world "where no one cares and no one is in control."
Every report about SARS or terrorism only reinforces this feeling and heightens our fears, despite our being, statistically speaking, safer than any generation in history. And I wish I could say that Christians are exempt from these fears. We’re not, even though we ought to know better.
The only way past this urge to, in the words of Scripture, "flee though none pursue" is faith in the biblical God and the worldview that engenders—precisely the point of BreakPoint. Without this faith, the fears described by the Journal will continue to affect not only our national pastime, but our national character as well.
For further reading and information:
Jane Spencer and Cynthia Crossen, "Why Do Americans Believe Danger Lurks Everywhere?" Wall Street Journal, April 24, 2003. (You must have a paid-subscriber log-in and password to access this article. Here is a summary.)
Thomas Cahill, The Gifts of the Jews: How a Tribe of Desert Nomads Changed the Way Everyone Thinks and Feels (Anchor Books/Doubleday, 1999).
Charles Colson and Ellen Vaughn, Being the Body: A New Call for the Church to Be Light in the Darkness (W Publishing, 2003).