What Are You Afraid Of?

Nobody Lives Without Fear by Dr. Bill J. Leonard, is a great article at ExploreFaith. He has some very challenging thoughts and the whole article is worth a read, but this paragraph stood out,

We get scared of texts—Bible and otherwise that come our way. Perhaps it was time we were all scared by God again. Oh, not the way many of us used to be scared or tried to scare each other in God’s name; not the vicious, smug God who could hardly wait for us to make a mistake, who took pleasure in punishment, a pulpit caricature for purposes of intimidation. Rather, we might be afraid of the God who is not like any other—the God that neither our best intentions nor our worst manipulations can control. The God who cannot be forced to do anything by majority vote; the God who does not have to be proven by performing tawdry, little magic tricks to convince people to believe. That God is frightening. We can’t be safe around that presence, not the way we want to be safe and in control. And then there is Jesus. In him, this powerful, unpredictable God took the form of a servant and humbled himself and became obedient to death.

I like that phrase, “the god who does not have to be proven by performing tawdry, little magic tricks to convince people to believe.” I would also add my own listing, “the God who does not need tawdry, little arguments by overly fearful people who need to convince other people to believe so they feel better about themselves.” I could go on but you get the idea. It’s time we were all a little more fearful and awestruck by what we can’t explain, isn’t it? Sometimes, and I’m including myself, what we all need is a little more faithful silence in the face of mystery.

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