“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.” I John 4:18
As we in the US remember veterans today – “the ones who fought so we could have the things we are thankful for” as some put it – we might ask another question, especially when it comes to the more ‘modern’ wars: How have things turned out? Have the nations whose freedoms we have fought for acquired the stability and independence scores of our soldiers – and hundreds if not thousands of their own soldiers – gave their lives for?
Along with “Veterans Day”, we are also noting the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. How have the nations of the former Soviet Bloc fared since that moment when the wall came down?
This coming Sunday we will read a story about a master who entrusts three of his servants with responsibility for significant portions of his wealth. We know what happens: two of the three do very well and are commended. One buried what he was charged with so he could return it to his master unchanged. When asked what motivated him to do this he responded: “I was afraid.”
NY Times commentator David Brooks speculates that the reason some nations do better than other nations has to do with what he calls “The Legacy of Fear“. Insecurity; a fear that what you have will be taken from you; mistrust of those in power – and the simple fact of knowing no other way than “fear” on a daily basis – these hold us down and keep us back.
This Sunday’s text from Matthew 25:14-30 is one of risk, adventure, and fear. “Heaven”, says Jesus, is a place where risks are taken. And risks can be taken because it is not a place of fear. It is a place of love.
Don’t let what you are afraid of today prevent you from taking the risks God is inviting you to take.
A blessed Tuesday …