2010 Peace Sunday: Fear Not
Fear–whether constructed internally or externally–divides us from just and peaceful relationships with ourselves and others. Though it can sometimes draw us to a closer relationship with and deeper faith in the Lord when it inspires a sense of awe as that ancient “fear of God,” the Lord is regularly the means of overcoming these divisive fears. “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love. We love, because He first loved us” (1 John 4:18-19).
The Peace and Justice Support Network chose “Fear Not” because fear is a universal emotion that affects interpersonal relationships, church life, politics, and so many other facets of daily life. Media outlets lay down a blanket of vague danger when plugging an upcoming broadcast or headlining an article, politicians cultivate fears of every stripe for virtually every issue–and why not? Manipulating such a basic instinct is a most efficient way to reach our core, adjust our knobs, and push our buttons. Knowing how fear affects us as individuals, congregations and nations is key to realizing how we can better be agents of God’s peace in the world around us.
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