Beating the Politics of Fear

One of my personal friends, who is also a great volunteer captain here at Fair Wisconsin, was telling me about a situation he encountered the other night. He was leading the first meeting of a new Action Network in Beaver Dam, a small rural city between Madison and Fond du Lac. Some of the folks were grappling with an issue—not whether they should vote no or yes, but rather they were fearful of being “public” about opposing the ban in their small community.

Fear is a common and expected human emotion and state of mind. Many people deal with fear about their beliefs all the time. Some straight allies are going to experience fear and reluctance to be a voice crying for fairness and respect for all people. It sets them apart from the rest of “normal” society.

The Apostle John, who wrote a gospel, Revelations, and three epistles, writes a moving and powerful passage (I John 4:7-21) on the love of God, our love for others, and love driving out fear. He wrote,
There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear…”(vs. 18)

Love drives fear away. When we put our faith in action we are exercising the greatest love we have ever known. To my friend and those at that meeting, I can say, find the love you all have together and drive that fear away. To the rest of us, we can all join together in this love for one another that will dispel the fear and lead us to taking bold action.

Together in love, we can change hearts and minds, and fear will have lost its hold.

That’s how you beat the politics of fear and division.

Peace,
Eric

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5 Comments:

At 2:11 PM, Blogger David Schowengerdt said...

I have two great people who would love to volunteer up in Beaver Dam. Who can I put them in contact with up there?

 
At 12:26 PM, Blogger Lindsey said...

David-- thanks for your help! You can send them my contact information and I'll put them in touch with local leaders.

This is true not just for Beaver Dam, but also statewide. If you want to help inform voters about why to vote No, send me an email and I'll get you connected locally!

Thanks
lindsey
lindsey.saunders@fairwisconsin.com

 
At 1:54 PM, Anonymous Patrick said...

Lindsey - Will the new calendar have info. for new action Networks--liek Beaver Dam? How else will we know where people are alerady active?

 
At 2:11 PM, Blogger Lindsey said...

We have active leaders in every county of the state. If you want to get active, we have someone for you. :)

thanks!
lindsey

 
At 1:07 PM, Blogger David Schowengerdt said...

Thanks, Lindsey. I'll send you their emails and vice versa.

I think it would be great for your website to have a way for people to shoot an email (via a web form) directly to the organizers of their respective counties. I think you might be losing some good volunteers who can't easily find someone to contact in their area.

 

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