Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Fear based is not faith based
Our mission group returned safely from Mexico without danger or injury and with more housing for the poor of Porta Penasco. The numbers of teen groups was down greatly due mostly to the warnings from news outlets in recent weeks. I can understand the reluctance of parents and youth group and church leaders to put the kids at risk.
I am glad they went, and glad God protected them, and glad that they did not give in to fear. It is such a dead end in life and work and just about everything. I was talking about comedienne Bob Newhart who said he raised his children in the Catholic Church but without the fear that so dominated he and his wives youth. If they were able to do that then they did a great thing.
Whenever I talk about the damaging effects of fear well meaning Christians quote the "fear of God is the beginning of wisdom" passages, which are fine, and true, but does not take God's new covenant adequately into play. It is grace that motivates truly, not fear. God's perfect love casts out fear.