Monday, October 18, 2010


The buried alive miners in Chilli are resurrected and the world rejoices with them.  Now  we turn our attention to two new frightening events--Halloween and the national elections, both featuring the scarers and the scared. Scaring each other and being scared are Halloween games we play in costumes and masks. Except for those making big bucks off of it, this holiday is mainly play. So we have crowds at haunted houses, costumed parties, and scary movies. It’ s all great fun, just plain play. On the other hand, the elections are deadly serious (except for those clever, blessed humorists that help us laugh at ourselves). Character assassination, for example, is not play.  Both of these big events dramatize our normal craziness, the dysfunction of the human race (sin). Our fear leads us along a predictable slippery slope. We begin with name-calling, then slide on down to yelling and screaming and then phyical violence. But the Bible teaches us how to stop this very human reaction to our insecurity: “mature love casts out fear.”                                                                                                                                                           

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