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Why Fear When You Have Faith?

Julia Ward Howe, writer of The Battle Hymn of the Republic, once wrote the rhetorical question: “When your life is the true expression of your faith, whom can you fear?”

I know I’m not supposed to answer that question. I know I’m supposed to simply put my chin in my hand, and say, “Gosh, I guess I don’t have anything to fear, so long as I follow my faith.”

In spite of that, as soon as I read this question, two answers came to mind: Rick Perry and a snarling tiger.

Many times, fear is exaggerated. However, it isn’t always. In many circumstances, fear is justified, and faith can’t defeat it, as much as it’s nice to think, in comfortable times, that it could.

3 thoughts on “Why Fear When You Have Faith?”

  1. JeffD says:

    Rick Perry is no Pintious Pilate and I’m not Daniel but there are some examples of faith over fear in Daniel and Jesus to look to.

  2. Jacob says:

    Faith goes well beyond the physical realm. If I stand in a pit of lions I have faith that God is in control and that all works accorsing to His soverign will. I have faith that if he sees fit to let me live he will and if he sees fit to let me die I will find myself in his presence. The reason you dont understand faith is because you have no hope apart from Christ. Without Christ there can be no faith.

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