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5 Things Christians Fear – What’s on YOUR List?

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Fear and uncertainty are completely normal. Universally speaking, success comes when you push past your reservations, take a risk and run headlong into the unknown. Some things Christians fear that might be prohibiting their freedom and effectiveness.

5 Things Christians Fear (But Shouldn’t)

1. Shame

There have been times when shame has been valuable in my life. Believe it or not, I’m not proud of everything I do (nor should I be). Shame’s humiliation has, at times, been a great benefit to me. Most of the time, though, it hasn’t been a blessing.

Shame can be a tool used by others to keep us in line. And because we fear the alienation that comes with being shamed, we don’t always act when we should. We’re often afraid to speak out, disagree and not tow the party line because we fear the disapproval and alienation of our tribe.

As a rule, the majority isn’t always in the right.

True community isn’t built on being entirely homogeneous. Don’t be afraid to disagree, to challenge or to be different. In the end, if you’re not accepted for your unique perspective, you might be in the wrong place anyway.

2. Foolishness

No one wants to look stupid. But let’s face it, Christianity pretty much guarantees that at times, you will. No, I am not disparaging my faith—it’s God’s intention.

“God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.” —Paul (1 Corinthians 1:28–31)

If Christianity was all about the most intelligent arguments, we Christians could all sit around and pat ourselves on the back for being smart enough to figure it out. Luckily for us, it’s not.

A God who’d save people by allowing them to kill him is foolish, and there’s a glorious salvation in that absurdity. You don’t have to have to win debates to express the beauty of the cross; you just have to get over your fear of people thinking you’re an idiot.