Beloved, Be Loved, Be Love
It’s hard for us to be the branches that bear fruit when we live in a culture driven society and the culture pumps us with voices of judgment, cynicism and fear. It’s hard to move forward when society has closed minds, closed hearts and closed wills. According to Search Engine Journal marketing’s top tools are guilt, shame and fear. We are surrounded by that constant message. Don’t leave your family in debt, buy life insurance, don't become a victim, buy a security system, if you make a change, your worst fear will become a reality. Fears about taking the vaccine or not taking the vaccine, fears about masks or no masks. We are surrounded by it so much that judgment and fear have taken over our lives.
A commercial for Simply Safe Home Security says, protection against all the threats you can see and all of the ones you can’t. It works, they are the best home security of 2020.
Even us in the church, who know we are supposed to be focused on Christ, who know we are supposed to have and trust in the divine, can get swept into fears. Fears about membership, fears about worship attendance, fears about having enough money to cover our mortgage and unexpected expenses. And if we are not careful, those fears can wrap around us so tight, that we cannot bear fruit.