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.