Does Fear Paralyze Us and Keep Us From Moving in Faith?
Fear and 9/11 aftershocks
How did the events of 9/11 change you? What impact have the events following had on you, your family and/or our nation?
I’ll go first. Although I think we’re very concerned about the treatment of Islamic people and those who might be Islamic, as they may be
behind the events of 9/11 (conspiracy theorists abound of course); I am more concerned that we are afraid not to be tolerant, or even, that we are tolerant because we are afraid.
My concern comes from this: most Islamic nations are not peaceful. Historically, volatile nations become that way because they are driven by fear.
More and more, are we a nation driven by fear? How can we combat that? How do you combat it?
Personally, I speak to fear when I feel it coming on. I tell it to go away because fear is an enemy of faith, and I have chosen to live by faith.
One reason I do this is because of a chiropractor I met who does this
interesting therapy involving words. Words are made of sound vibrations which never disappear. Sometimes she’ll “find” hidden words trapped inside of people, things they thought didn’t affect them that much, but may have shaped their lives. That confirmed to me that these things are spiritual, but very real.
This is my idea behind this column. If you would like to label your faith background when sharing, that’s fine, but it also might be more interesting to guess where you’recoming from. I think right now we are too polarized and crazed when people have chosen to label themselves to have a good discussion.
So, now your turn, what do you think?
Editor's Note: Ministry, Mystery and Meaning is a new column on Chananhon Minooka Patch. It is intended to be a conversation-starter for people to share their feelings about faith or lack of faith.