Answer to the age-old question about anxious hearts is found in Jesus Christ

Published 8:16 am Tuesday, February 1, 2022

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Dear Rev. Graham: Recently I read an online article titled “The Age of Stress” and the ubiquity of stress in the 21st century. How did our culture come to this point? — S.C.

Dear S.C.: The 24-hour news cycle has contributed to the awareness of the restlessness of the soul. Humanity constantly seeks the answer to confusion, moral sickness, and spiritual emptiness that oppresses the world. Mankind cries out for guidance, comfort, and peace. Sadly, most people look in the wrong direction for the answers.
Historians point out that there’ve been few times in all of history when man has been subject to so much fear and uncertainty. This is the “age of anxiety.” We talk of peace but are confronted by war. We devise elaborate schemes for security but haven’t found it. We grasp at every passing straw and, even as we clutch, it disappears.
Freedom is a precious thing, but it alone cannot give us the kind of world we long for. Many say that political freedom along with education will do the trick. We’re the most informed people in the history of civilization — and yet the most confused. Our heads are crammed with knowledge, but our hearts are empty.
There are many who claim that freedom of religion will solve our problems. Many are willing to even give up some of the teachings of the Bible in order to harmonize Christianity with the other religions.
The answer to the age-old question about anxious hearts is found in Jesus Christ. He’s the only One who can bring peace in answer to the dilemma of anxiety and today’s worries. “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7).
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(This column is based on the words and writings of the late Rev. Billy Graham.)

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