2013: The year without fear

We are not going to be able to address a gun culture that makes theUnited States the most heavily armed nation in the world, unless we also counter a fear culture that is deeply emotionally rooted in our society.

Members of the Sikh community hold a candlelight vigil outside Newtown High School before an interfaith vigil with President Barack Obama, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, in Newtown, Conn. (Jason DeCrow – AP)

What is powerful enough to counter fear? Biblically speaking, it is love that casts out fear. “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” (1 John 4:18)

Yet, we need to realize that the love that conquers fear is not a sentimental love ethic that leaves practical issues unaddressed.

Read the rest here at the Washington Post On Faith.

About Susan Thistlethwaite

I am a Professor of Theology and former President of Chicago Theological Seminary; I blog here, at the Huffington Post, and at other venues. I am a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. I am interested in what I call "public theology," or how deeper meaning is made and contested in the public square.
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