Sunday, October 30, 2005

The fear of...

I am a bit slow I know, I just recently watched Bowling for Columbine, a film by Michael Moore. While I know a little about Michael, and haven't been to drawn to any of his work, writing or otherwise, a friend gave me this movie to watch. I watched it last night. I must say that I enjoyed it. Several thoughts that I have are as follows.

First, I continue to realize the difficult time that we have dealing with people of differing views from our own. Many times if a person differs in an area that we are passionate about we may disqualify anything that person says, or things they may bring to the surface that we may otherwise miss. This is many times true when it comes to spiritual things, and "church". While Michael may have views that are very different from mine, or maybe not, I appreciated some of the things that he brought to the surface in this film. Just because someone's view on one thing differs from mine, maybe even in several areas, this doesn't disqualify that person from having things that one can learn from.

Secondly and the most important thing to me, was the element of fear the movie brought out. I didn't feel the focus of the movie was as much about guns or gun control, as it was about the fear and medias use of it. I was amazed how other countries, like Canada, who has similar gun control measures, if not more lenient than the US, has far less deaths caused by guns. I won't remember exactly but it was something like less that 100 for Canada, and more that 11,000 for the US. Fear is something that can control our life and cause us to do many things.

I am not sure exactly how to write this, but I realized how fear can control ones life. For instance, if I have a greater fear being accepted by others, than being true to myself, I will make decisions to minimize my fear at all costs. For a high school student this may mean having sex unprotected with someone they barely know, even though they could contract and STD or Aids. They would do this because the fear of not being accepted is so great they would put themselves in harms way, and do something they may not even want to do. Adults it be a fear of not succeeding in business, and compromise ethics, or break laws to gain the appearance of success. Their fear of not being successful, out weighed the possibility of going to jail. We've seen many examples of this in the news in the past few years.

2 Timothy 1:6-8
For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.

I then thought about the scripture that says we aren't to have a spirit of fear. I wonder though was he speaking of all fear? I think if I have a fear of not walking in the ways of Christ, and this is my greatest fear in life, that then I gain power, the ability to Love, and have self-discipline. When I fear other things more, it is difficult if not impossible to have self-discipline. I have in my life feared not being "successful" and it has driven decisions, and brought me and others much pain. My greatest fear wasn't being Christ like, but fear of what I was not. There is security in Christ, a confidence that we can have in ourselves, and who we are with his help. In a way this is the safest place to place our fear.

What is it that we most "fear". What decisions are these fears causing us to make. I say the only fear I want in my life is the fear of not being like Christ, not walking in his way. Any fear aside from that for me leads me further from Christ, peace, and security, into a place of danger, and chaos.


Anonymous clarissa said...

That's good stuff right there.

1:01 PM  
Blogger Josh said...

its ok about lunch. i've been so busy with a little wedding and honeymoon that i wouldn't have had much time. maybe me, you, nick and our wives could get together one night. i still look forward to meeting and i'm sure that day is getting closer. whats your schedule looking like for the next couple of weeks?

4:16 PM  
Blogger leslie said...

ummm I think your trying to steal our new friends and well we claimed them first...I found their blog and I got dibbs! im just kidding friend...I think we should all hang ten sometime. ummm can we just point out that josh wrote ", you, nick and our WIVES" thats just sweet...aaaannnnd im a girl.

1:39 AM  

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