There is a question that sits at the heart of finding purpose.
“What would you be LITERALLY willing to die for?”
Not just hypothetically, literally. What would you die for?
This question quickly helps us to asses our values and determine the order of significance. But one of the things that I’ve noticed is that this question has been contorted in the hearts of many Christians almost on the subconscious level. What you would be willing to “die” for? Has become, “what would you be willing to kill for?” It’s a much more subtle shift in thinking than the question itself would have you believe.
The way that this is most represented is a fear based motivation rather than a love based motivation. Darko quibbles aside, fear and love are choices. Love is sacrificial by nature or it is no virtue at all. Fear keeps you secure and safe but I don’t remember Jesus ever commanding anyone to be safe.
Of course there is a difference between protecting your family or own life and being irresponsible. I lock my doors, but I don’t cradle a shot gun in my sleep. Fear and love are two sides of the spectrum, but they are also a tight rope that we walk daily.
As Bill Hicks once said. “We can change it anytime we want. It’s only a choice. No effort, no work, no job, no savings, and money. A choice, right now, between fear and love.”
To that I say Amen.
The ones we fear are probably the ones we need to love the most.