Question to ponder:
Dan White, Jr. makes the case in Love Over Fear that what causes us to avoid or attack others is fear. Read the quote below and respond to the questions that follow.
“Many of us cuddle and coddle fear because it just makes more sense than the generous, open posture of love. We believe love makes us vulnerable to harm while fear protects us. Love compels us toward people—fear creates a buffer. Love causes us to lean in and listen—fear tells us we don’t need to hear any more. Fear offers something in return—a sense of control and safety, placing our wants, our needs, our anxieties at the center of importance.” (p.22)
Can you think of a time in current events or in your own life experience where any of the above sentences seem to come to life? Can you think of a time when you were drawn to fear those who were not like you in some way, but were later able to see them differently, more graciously?