Modern society needs a restoration of this fear in God in order to drive individuals away from worldly pleasures and to instead focus on following the Ten Commandments. People have lost the fear that any immoral actions they commit will be met with divine punishment. This has led them to avoid any sense of virtue and righteousness and instead focus on more selfish desires such as greed and lust. God is seen only as a forgiving friend rather than a disciplinary figure, and so they ignore his will and only use him for their own needs. The only way to truly keep individuals morally virtuous is an overarching fear that the Lord is watching their actions, otherwise there is no way to hold people accountable for their sins. This perspective is shared by Christian blogger/pastor Allen Williams of Stickman Publications. His books on modern theology aim to expose certain moral problems that arise in an increasingly secular world. He says about this lost fear, “In spite of the fact that the Bible tells us we should fear God, many today have rejected the notion that they should fear God. Because of this lack of fear, there is no regard for God 's word or His will. Nor is there a driving desire to live a life which brings glory and honor to Him. Due to a lack of godly fear, the desire to obey, respect and honor God, is not what is on the hearts and minds of most of humanity. They refuse to be governed or guided by God and His principles. What guides them are a different set of principles. A life lived by selfish goals and aims.” (Williams). This different set of principles promoted in capitalist societies lack the proper moral values that allow the world to prosper peacefully. Modern capitalist societies have trained individuals to think that their personal problems are more important than the needs of everyone, and only a fear of God can provide the wisdom that combats this mindset. In biblical times, people worked together to help benefit the community as a whole. There was far less competition among peers since God’s will urged individuals to put the needs of the community first, rather than personal desires. But capitalism has changed this dynamic. Peers now compete with each other everyday over jobs, money, power, etc. Nobody has time for God’s will because they are too focused on their immediate lives/problems. People lack the wisdom to realize that their personal lives are not nearly as important as the world around them. A perfect example is Global Warming. In Genesis it states, “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and keep it.” (Genesis 2:15). As humans we are expected to take care of the land God gave us. This would be no problem if everyone was willing to give up a few minutes of their day to cut down on their gas emissions and recycle more often. But since climate change will not affect individuals in this lifetime, they see no reason to change their behavior. They are too selfish to realize the pain they will cause future generations when the burden of global warming finally does occur. There needs to be something that overpowers these selfish desires while promoting virtuous principles, and that is a fear in God. “The Fear of God is the only thing that will restrain our innate pride and selfishness. Individual, communal, and societal self-discipline all ultimately draw on the Fear of God.” (Berning 67). This quote from author William Berning's book on the Fear of God in modern societies accurately demonstrates the link between discipline and God. If individuals had a respect for God’s will they would not be concerned about losing a couple minutes of their day because they have the wisdom to know that what they are doing is morally right.
If the fear of God seen in Biblical times was restored in society today, the world would be a safer, healthier place to live. Individuals would feel accountable for their actions, prompting them to follow a proper moral code that promotes virtue over sin. And if this mindset was shared worldwide, many modern problems such as global warming and famine would not exist.
With over 2.4 million views and counting, popular Christian rock group Sidewalk Prophets drops yet another chart-topping song. This melody beautifully encompasses the search for God that many people will find relatable. This man's trust in God has given him the peace in his life that he has been searching for. At the start of the second verse (approx. 1:22), the song explicitly references the reverent fear that the singer gives to God in return for His faith and love.
Berning, William. At the Door Knocking: When Jesus Stands Outside the Chruch. Dayton, OH: Pflaum Pub., 2008. Print . Sidewalkprophets. "Sidewalk Prophets- Help Me Find It (Official Lyric Video)." YouTube. YouTube, 17 Apr. 2013. Web. 24 Apr. 2016.