Choosing Love Over Fear

I was going to write a blog post about the nauseous horror I feel every time I go on Facebook and see Christians praising Republican leaders for refusing to allow Syrian refugees into our country.  I was going to talk about how of course some terrorists will take advantage of the situation, but how….I cannot fathom why that would keep us from helping people in need.

I say “I was going…” because I found a blog post that said everything I wanted to say.  Consider taking the time to read Klinton Silvey’s blog post “Something Christian Millennials ‘Don’t Get.'”  And if you won’t take the time, here are a few passages that especially resonated with what I wanted to say.

I was raised in a small-town Baptist church. I was taken there Sunday morning, Sunday night and Wednesday nights. I don’t care how much you like to goof off, if you spend that much time in a church, you’re going to pick up on major themes whether you want to or not.

One of those major themes is that we should be courageous. Another is that we should love our neighbors as ourselves. Another is that life is eternal.

These themes are all over the Bible. “Be strong and courageous,” God told Joshua. “Perhaps you are here for such a time as this,” Esther’s uncle said. “Do not fear those who can kill the body,” Jesus said.

Courage, love, and eternity.  Those are the hallmarks of my Christian upbringing too.  We are free to love courageously because our hope is not in this world – we are eternal beings, and death is just a doorway into the next phase of our existence.   Continue reading