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Sunday, March 22, 2009

Fear is not an Option

My husband has a shirt that says “I support P.E.T.A”

The shirt is bright yellow, and draws a lot of attention. But most people miss the smaller print underneath the larger letters.

“People Eating Tasty Animals”

Even my brother and sister-in-law, who are vegetarians, chuckle at this one.

The other day he was getting his truck washed, and as he came up to the cashier to pay, she did a double-take at his shirt, smiled, and then leaned over and whispered, “I like your shirt!”.

She continued whispering. “Ever notice how a lot of the same people who are so radical about protecting animals support the killing of humans through abortion?”

“Yeah, doesn’t make sense, does it?” He whispered back.

They then had a conversation about the state of our country at the moment, with frequent pauses so that other customers could pay her for their vehicles. They discussed the administration, the liberal direction it is taking us, and how far we are being shoved from the values on which our country was founded.

Their conversation ended with a common Christian goodbye. “God bless you.”

When he later told me about their conversation, I started thinking about why the woman would feel the need to whisper. I know my husband whispered to be polite, because she was whispering. I’m fairly certain that she whispered because she was afraid someone else in her place of business – one of her customers – might be offended at something she or my husband said.

Isn’t that just what we’re finding ourselves doing more and more? Whispering? Why?

Fear. We are being forced into fearfulness. Fear of “offending” others. Fear of ridicule for our beliefs. Fear of retaliation. Fear of our government.

Fear of being destitute is causing people to horde their money due to the economic crisis we are in.
Fear of being called a racist is keeping people from speaking out against Obama.
Fear of the government ignoring the second amendment – or even abolishing it – is causing people to horde guns and ammunition.
Fear of being called bigoted or holier-than-thou is keeping Christians from sharing their faith with others.
Fear of others not like ourselves (racial, ethnic, religious differences) is keeping people from being friendly to strangers.
Fear of being called names like “homophobe”, “anti-social”, “racist”, “intolerant”, “close-minded”, or “extremist” makes us wary of voicing our opinions in public.
Fear of crime is keeping people holed up in their homes behind bars and security systems.
Fear of rejection is resulting in more and more people being less and less connected with others, and choosing to socialize in the “safer” environment of the Internet community.

Homosexuals know how to use fear as a weapon. If anyone dares to speak out against their perversion, they’re called names and they’re verbally intimidated.

Abortionists know how to use fear as a weapon. They tell women that we are trying to tell them what to do with their “own bodies”. They call pro-lifers radical extremists.

People like Rosie O’Donnell know how to use fear as a weapon by labeling Christians as terrorists.

Groups like the Brady bunch (as in Gun-Control activists) know how to use fear as a weapon by labeling law-abiding citizens as “nut cases” because they support the 2nd amendment and own and know how to use weapons.

The Obama administration knows how to use fear as a weapon. It is using the “economic crisis” to push through its socialist style agenda , knowing that fear of an economic collapse will keep most from objecting.

The administration’s plan to put together a “Civilian Security Force” will cause people to stay distanced from each other through fear.

Taxing the AIG bonuses (unconstitutionally, I might add) at 90% puts fear in those who are achievers.

Don’t make waves. Don’t criticize government. Don’t overachieve and bring attention to yourself. Blend in. Get along. Compromise. Be agreeable. Don’t be different.

There is an old German saying that says “"Fear makes the wolf bigger than he is."

I refuse to be afraid.

I won’t be afraid to speak out against wrong when I see it. The wrongdoers should be afraid of me.
I won’t be afraid of my government. My government should be afraid of me.
I won’t be afraid of sharing my faith. It is the lost who should be afraid. I should want to help them see the danger they really ARE in and show them the way out.
I won’t be afraid of criminals. I purpose in my heart to protect myself against them. They should be afraid of me.
I won’t be afraid of strangers. They could turn out to be my friends and confidantes.

I won’t be afraid to voice my opinion in public, and I won’t be afraid to contact my Senators and Representatives and let them know how I expect them to vote on issues.

And what if, by chance, I do become frightened? There is only One I can turn too.

What time I am afraid, I will trust in Thee. Psalms 56:3.

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12 Comments:

At 5:32 PM, Anonymous Herm said...

WOW, Ms.Green, you pretty well covered all the reasons. Great Post!! I think that fear of rejection is at the top somewhere, and not having and adequate response or witness to offer someone who might be hostile to the gospel message. So many luke warm Christians find themselves in this predicament. They are unclear as to how to engage someone who might be disagreeable.
Its hard to understand why so many Christians believe that its proper to keep their faith private. Thats an oxy-moron. The Christian faith can't be kept private.
God Bless, Herm Ps: I just got to get me one of those T-Shirts. PUUURRfic

 
At 5:46 PM, OpenID 4simpsons said...

Preach on!

Re. PETA - I was at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo yesterday, aka PETA's Nightmare.

 
At 7:59 PM, Blogger Ms.Green said...

Herm,

As Christians, we should never fear rejection. God Himself accepted us even in our fallen and sinful state - and not only did He accept us when we came to Him for salvation, but He loves us unconditionally. Why fear rejection from anyone when we have the love of the Lord?

4simpsons: Did you have an animal entered, or know someone that did? I've heard Livestock Shows are pretty cool.

 
At 7:13 PM, Anonymous Herm said...

Ms.Green, I certainly agree "As committed Christians, we should never fear rejection ". I was actually referring to Social rejection that a new or luke warm Christian might encounter in discussing their Christian faith to an unbeliever. "Societal Rejection". So many Christians today seem quite comfortable in not sharing or witnessing their faith. They feel they might offend someone or be rejected by them. Born again believers that are both vocal and active in their faith are seen as Religious nuts, holier than thou, right wing extremists, etc. This is why the New Age, Modernist, Churches are thriving. They won't offend anyone by asking: Do you know Jesus?, or Do you know where your going to spend eternity?, or Have you asked Jesus into your heart?. or Do you know why I have such peace about where I'm going after death?
Street Corner Evangelism, Old Tent Camp Meetings, and Sending out the Twelve and Seventy are now out of vogue in this new "Religious World". whisper, if your going to talk about Jesus, or just don't talk about him at all. Can you imagine? Christianity without JESUS? This is what its coming to.
I apologize for being so negative about this subject. It just depresses me so to see the name of Jesus so pitifully rejected by even some that crawl under the banner of Christianity. God Bless, Herm

 
At 9:42 PM, Blogger Ms.Green said...

No apology needed. We all need some encouragement once in a while, because the world WILL get us down.
The closer we get to the rapture and tribulation, the more and the harder the enemy will work. We just need to keep our eyes on Him and do His will to keep that joy that comes in being His child.

 
At 12:42 AM, Blogger Marshall Art said...

Neeless to say, I was a bit nervous when, in my last pronouncement before my final term as Church Council President came to an end, I called for my fellow congregants to begin thinking about and discussing amongst themselves the idea of seceding from the UCC. I got a few pats on the back afterwards, but those opposed said nothing, possible some from fear.

Speaking one's mind, particularly when one feels one's position is the lone "voice of truth", is daunting. The context is sometimes especially troubling, but most often not knowing how it will go over freezes one's nerve.

One woman in the choir was wearing a t-shirt that had a picture of Mt Rushmore with Obama's head added. I voiced my opinion. I said that was one place his head is not worthy to be mounted. I said a pike would be better. (Not really, I just thought of that now.) We got into a bit of a discussion, with others about, where I expressed my dissappointment with 52% of the voting public and how most, if not all of them, had no idea of who this guy is, what he's ever done, or what he truly believes. Eventually, I added that anyone with his abhorrent abortion beliefs isn't worthy of support by anyone who calls themselves Christian, and that opened aother can of worms.

Anyway, in that context, my church, it's quite the can of mixed nuts and I've no idea how my opinions will go over until I express them.

Overall, I enjoy speaking my mind, but doing it in front of the entire assembly is a different story. Having called for the discussion, it is now two months later and it is high time I bring it up again. I'm thinking of fleshing out my argument on paper and passing out copies after service. I REALLY want them to break away from the UCC for their own sakes. I may still look for another church no matter what they do and last Sunday was the first visit to a possible new home. The search begins, but I'd still like to at least leave my former co-members with something to think about.

Rambling now. Sorry.

 
At 9:11 AM, Blogger Ms.Green said...

Marshall, it takes courage to stand up and question the status quo. Being in the minority and challenging the majority is also not a coward's task. You have my respect for standing up against heresy and for righteousness.

 
At 2:28 PM, Anonymous Herm said...

Marshall Art, enjoyed your ramblings. Many Of feel at times we're "the lone voice of truth". I believe theres a T-shirt out with Obama's face replacing Lincoln on the Lincoln Memorial statue. That to, is an Obamanation. God Bless, Herm

 
At 2:01 AM, Blogger Marshall Art said...

Thanks Herm and Ms. Green for your support. I'll keep you posted on my next move either here or at my blog.

 
At 6:11 PM, Blogger Channel Cash said...

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Nice action figures they have on there...

 
At 12:19 PM, Anonymous V said...

Fear is not an option. Very valid point. Just to clarify - this is not restricted to Christians. Everyone should follow this.

 
At 5:45 PM, Blogger Dan said...

I saw a bumper sticker once that said: "If we're not suppose to eat animals, then why are they made out of meat?"

I don't know, just thought that you might appreciate that one if you've never heard it.

 

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