We must never allow ourselves to live in fear. Fear of our neighbours, fear of our parents, fear of our spouse, fear of our government etc. It is not good to be fearful all the time. It is not good to be fearful at all.
We live in a society that runs on fear. You can’t leave your car running because someone might steal it. You can’t leave your door unlocked because someone might steal all your stuff. You have to be careful at night because someone might attack you. You have to watch out because you might get murdered. You have to watch your kids because they might get kidnapped. Our entire life is filled with fear. We have gotten so used to living in fear that we barely notice it. It has become a part of our lives.
Living in fear has become normal for us. Our solution is to have more surveillance cameras, bigger prisons and more police. None of those things are solutions. We still live in fear. Prisons, cameras and police are symptoms of a society that runs on fear.
It is a sin to live in fear because we have not created a society that is peaceful. If we live in fear, it may mean we have elected a government that keeps us fearful. If we live in fear, it may mean we are raising our children to steal from others or to cause harm to others. If we live in fear, it means we are solving our differences with violence and war.
Living in fear may mean we are not strong enough to leave fearful situations. In most cases people want to prove they are stronger than the situation they’re in. Or they may want to prove they are strong enough to fight certain people or certain situations so they stay with people they shouldn’t or stay in situations that they shouldn’t be in.
It is okay to feel fear. Fear is a feeling like all our other feelings and like our other feelings, we have to learn how to feel fear but do what we need to do anyway. We can’t let fear stop us from doing the things we need to do in life. What we shouldn’t do is let fear run our lives. We can’t let fear make us do things we wouldn’t be doing if we weren’t fearful.
We should never stay in a fearful situation to prove we are better than the other person, or to prove that the other person doesn’t intimidate us, or to prove we are right and the other person is wrong. It is okay to run when we need to run. It is okay to leave even if we think people will think we are weak. The goal of life is to be happy. Living in fear, being with people who make us scared and being in fearful situations is never happiness.