Fear NOT!

Posted: March 14, 2012 in many colors, next evangelicalism, race matters, Social Justice, Uncategorized

I recently read a news report that a heart medication [propranolol] could actually impact racial attitudes. “Volunteers given the beta-blocker, used to treat chest pains and lower heart rates, scored lower on a standard psychological test of ‘implicit’ racist attitudes.”

Many do not seem to get the main point of the research. The goal of the research is not to look for ways to spike everyone’s drinking water with a compound that would reduce racism in our world. If only that were possible. But the goal is to reveal a potential cause for racist attitudes.

As the Telegraph article states explicitly: “Scientists believe the discovery can be explained by the fact that racism is fundamentally founded on fear.” Racists are driven by fear.

Maybe that’s why the Bible so frequently says, “Fear NOT!” Doesn’t seem like a huge revelation, but it does put racism and racist attitudes in its proper context.
Do not fear a black President.
Do not fear the alien and immigrant among you.
Do not fear the decline of white evangelicalism and the rise of non-white evangelicalism.
Do not fear a black/brown world Christianity.
Do not fear non-white thought leaders challenging the evangelical status quo.
Do not fear.

If only it were that simple.

  1. Robert says:

    Do not fear the inerrancy and infallability of scripture.
    Do not fear those who would rather promote social justice over spiritual freedom.
    Do not fear those who choose to label anyone who disagrees with them as a racist.
    Do not fear college professors who choose to indoctrinate rather than educate.
    Do not fear that all those white evangelicals who support your liberal hobby will someday wake up and realize that you are teaching a different gospel to their children.

  2. profrah says:

    I actually don’t fear any of those things.

  3. larry says:

    I fear Robert.

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