Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?

Sometimes I think Christians are.

They are afraid of blogging sometimes, and afraid that they are going to offend someone, or that they are wasting their time, or… they are just plain afraid. One of the speakers at the conference I attended talked about fear, and how it drives us, almost always in an ungodly way. God is love and love casts out fear. What we do we should do boldly and decidedly. Which in no way precludes introspections and discretion in how we “do those things we do”. In all things…. in all things “God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work”. But it does mean we should stop the incessant second guessing that leads to so much confusion and self-condemnation.

We go about wringing our hands so often because we know how off-kilter we get in our own self-will. I think that is the crux of the problem. We blog too much, or talk too much, or eat too much, or something too much and we know it, but instead of moderating and bringing all things under the subjection to Christ,[“Now when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all.”] we frantically flagellate ourselves and each other.

God is honored by faith, and we ought to build up our own faith and that of others. How does this work when we are worried about the value of an activity in our lives? Or the motivations we have? I think we should do everything to support and encourage people in their honest service to God. We should also provide helpful fellowship in sharing ideas or insights. We should try to recognize when God is placing His finger on our own submission to Him and not give in to the temptation to make it a universal submission …. in the image of ours. Just try. I believe that God’s faithfulness takes up our slack in understanding and helps us where we lack. We should not get overly surprised that we will lack greatly at times, because we are all struggling to work out this life, this salvation.

Afraid of the big bad wolf? Time to align with the Shepherd… I hear he carries a pretty big stick for all that condemnation. His Shepherds crook seems able to extricate us out of all sorts of entanglements. I hear….

inspired by posts @ Intellectuelle