Pain and suffering are an inevitable part of our earthly lives. How we respond to these trials determines the effectiveness of our witness for Jesus Christ and the Christian faith.
A united belief and trust in God and the principles of the Bible have been the thread that united us as a nation for many years. To compromise our values and principles in an effort to achieve unity translates to the selling of our souls for a superficial peace.
The desire to control and be independent is a natural one, and fear magnifies that urge to control—or at least to try. It is as we acknowledge our lack of control and trust Him that we find intimacy with our heavenly Father who is sovereign and always in control.