Something to Fear when there's nothing to Fear
It seems as if we're not only more aware of what can go wrong these days, but that we're also more inclined to find danger where there is none, and to create danger where danger doesn't exist. I'm not a big Michael Moore fan, and though I forced myself to watch the movie about Columbine High School a few years ago, I felt the misinformation and propoganda was so blatent that he lost credibility on his valid points. One of his valid points was this: We Americans are a fearful lot. I don't know why this is... but I do know that we who follow Christ need to consider these matters differently. In the Old Testament God tells Joshua to lead without fear. In Proverbs, unfounded fear and anxiety are seen to be the characteristics of fools. When the angels herald the coming of Jesus their first words are 'fear not', and when Paul writes towards the end of his life, from jail, he tells us to be anxious for nothing.
I'm hoping that we'll be willing to wager everything on the calling God has given us to embody His Kingdom. I'm hoping move into each moment of the future fearlessly, whether that moment takes us up mountain peaks, onto the streets at night to serve and love, into the darkness of confronting spiritual forces, opening our hand in generosity, loving our enemies, or simply getting on a plane. God is with us. Who can be against us? What have we to fear? (other than signs with sharp edges).... need to run to class. I'll try to post tomorrow a bit more about transformation.