“Fear is such a powerful emotion for humans that when we allow it to take us over, it drives compassion right out of our hearts.”- Thomas Aquinas
This is the power of fear. Fear always leads us to sentence one another to death and the same fear always seeks to acquit itself of wrong doing. Fear is the problem that presents itself as the answer. The truth is however, where there is no compassion there can never be correction. Perhaps that’s why Paul insists that “God does not give us a spirit of fear.”
As a parent of three young African-American boys (our youngest who is also four years old) I often feel hopeless. Honestly I am afraid. Some people think that I shouldn’t be afraid but I am. I am a husband, father, and pastor. I am a community leader. I am a public figure. Like many I have a past that I have grown and learned from, but I have never been in any real trouble. I follow the rules. I don’t break the law. I have respect for authority and law enforcement. I do my best to serve my community. My wife can tell you that I am such a straight arrow that I don’t even go over the speed limit.
“Unquestioning faith, soon slips into ideology, superstition, fanaticism, self-indulgence, and idolatry.”- Daniel Migliore.