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Monday, December 30, 2013

Fear Does Funny Things to Some People

for the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to stand?" (Revelation 6:17).

Below are excerpts from the lyrics to the O'Jays hit “For the Love of Money.” In the lyrics I've taken the liberty of using the word processor's search and replace to replace all instances of the word “money” and the word “love” with the word “fear”. Read it through with this revision and ask yourself if you have seen or experienced any of this.

For the fear of fear
People will steal from their mother
For the fear of fear
People will rob their own brother
For the fear of fear
People can't even walk the street
Because they never know who in the world they're gonna beat...

For the fear of fear
People will lie, Lord, they will cheat
For the fear of fear
People don't care who they hurt or beat
For the fear of fear
A woman will sell her precious body....

I know fear is the root of all evil
Do funny things to some people
Give me a nickel, brother can you spare a dime
Fear can drive some people out of their minds

How many things have I heard you say
Lay down, lay down, a woman will lay down
For the fear of fear
All for the fear of fear
Don't let, don't let, don't let fear rule you
For the fear of fear
Fear can change people sometimes
Don't let, don't let, don't let fear fool you
Fear can fool people sometimes
People! Don't let fear, don't let fear change you,
it will keep on changing, changing up your mind.

Fear is the root cause of much hurtfulness and unkindness. Those who do not know love (say as a child) fear existence itself—they feel no acceptance thus no security. The book of Revelation has a Rorschach test quality bringing out the worst of best in people depending on whether they emphasize the horsemen or the New Jerusalem—the God of wrath (and General Jesus with rolling tanks) or the God of Love (and Jesus as we know him from the Gospels). Those with unresolved and unmet pain and fear emphasize wrath, the others though grace emphasize love: ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:4).

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