Christians and Politics #3: "Worry and Contentment" 10/23/2022
2 Tim 1:7
for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control (-lit. “Whole mindedness”).
People are most easily manipulated when they are in fear. Being in a state of fear short-circuts our reasoning ability (whole mindedness) and causes worry, which is the opposite of contentment. Paul explains the secret of contentment:
I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.