Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Fear Not!

An article in the NYTimes here indicates that fear of terrorist attacks may cause more deaths than those resulting from actual terrorist attacks. The angels tell the shepherds "Fear not!" What are we to fear?

Churchill (or FDR) said the only thing we have to fear is fear itself. Right now, the administration keeps trying to make sure we are afraid. Fear will keep them in power. Iran as the greatest source of state-sponsored terrorism ignores the fact that terrorism in its modern form is largely not state-sponsored. I've just come back from Africa. I've had to negotiate four security checks in various airports in Africa, Europe and the US. I've had to run the gauntlet of Homeland Security's immigration and customs agents. Do they make us safer? Probably not, but they do remind us that we are supposed to be afraid.

Fear keeps our minds from thinking clearly. Fear keeps us from relating to others as fellow children of God. Fear keeps us from being the people God calls us to be: loving our enemies, doing good to those who hate us.