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God Has Not Given Us a Spirit of Fear

Halloween will turn my stomach a little on Wednesday. You know how much I dislike this particular “celebration”. Yes, because it’s the worst kind of borrowed tradition from our American friends, but mainly because it puts fear on a pedestal. But I won’t bore you with my thoughts on this strange show of support for evil: zombies and witches and vampires and devils (I wonder if it would be considered “just a bit of innocent fun” if our kids dressed as drug addicts and hookers… just a thought). So the whole jack-o-lantern, black cat, witchy hat crusade got me thinking about the thing that holds it all together. Fear. And, if you will allow the stretch, fear got me thinking about a family holiday in Cairns back when the extent of my responsibilities was for my cat Tigger and washing up on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I was 16. Dad fancies himself as a bit of a daredevil and thought he’d jump 50 metres from a platform with a rope tied to his ankles. There we were at the …