Do Not Be Afraid
We live in such a fearful and cowardly time. Some of us feel anxious and withdrawn, seeking to escape the notice of whatever frightens us. Others will mask their fear with fighting and quarrelsomeness. The root of all this fear is the fear that we might lose our belonging to whatever tribe in which we seek safety, the that we might have to stand alone.
The crisis we face is not a crisis of clarity, but a crisis of courage. It's not that our problem is a lack of knowledge so much as it is a lack of nerve. Jesus told us that we are to stand with courage. That doesn't mean we will be fearless, but that we will know how to face our fear and keep walking toward the voice that calls us homeward. Gospel courage is nothing like the bravado of this anxious age. The call to courage is frightening because the call to courage is a call to be crucified.
In The Courage to Stand, Russel Moore, bestselling and award-winning author, calls readers to a Christ-empowered courage by leading the way to real freedom from fear—the way of the cross. That way means integrity through brokenness, community through loneliness, power through weakness, and a future through irrelevance.
On the other side of fear is freedom: the freedom to stand.