When I was a little girl, I remember being scared due to thunder or my cat biting me, but had no idea that fear is a harsh taskmaster. I had very little understanding that power will drive people to do things they would not do under normal circumstances. I also did not understand that fact that fear can be used by groups and individuals in order to gain and maintain control over people, places and situations.
As an adult, I see it more clearly now.
Daily, I witness people using power and fear to control people and/or situations. I also witness people struggling to breathe due to the crippling fear that has become their task master.
It happens easily and gradually.
Abuse of Position
Slowly, a person (or people) will begin to feel the power of being in control and at first, it may seem good. They see benefits to using subtle fear tactics to control situations and make people do (1) what they should do or (2) what they want them to do. Either situation is a manipulation of another human being using fear.
The Bible is clear, we are not to use fear or power to control others.
But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:25-28
Sometimes there are videos that support how a lack of leadership supports the efforts of those causing unrest due to fear. Other times, there are individuals who refuse to sit back and watch it happen.
Whether the fear is allowed through leadership not leading or an attempt is made to stop it through people stepping up or calling out others who do, the victims will respond.
Fear Drives Response
Once a person has been subjected to a person’s/group’s fear tactics due to their power or authority/position, they can easily become paralyzed. This fear could be due to physical, verbal or perceived aggression that could damage their reputation, home, family, community or other personal impacts. Worse yet, they may fear for their lives as they watch people around them face death and or persecution. Those are never easy situations to live with. In the end, the person being treated in the aggressive and fearful manner will seek ways to reduce the impact of the governing authority.
Or they will shut down.
The Irony of Leading by Fear
The irony of leading by fear is that eventually, those leading in fear become victims of the fear they have created. If you read any historical account of a leader who lead through fear, you will find that they fled the situation, killed themselves or were killed by others.
Anyone and everyone in leadership should always lead by setting the example of serving. Leaders never last. Eventually, their days in control will end and what they leave, their legacy will impact them, their families and generations to come.
The best leaders have always been those who served. The worst have been those who lead through fear via dictatorship/tyranny.
We live in a fear-driven world. Right now, many are speaking out and stating #IAmYourVoice.
But, I want to take this a step farther. I want to bring attention to the fact that this did not happen over night. Daily, people seek to gain control over people. It happens in neighborhoods, counties, states and countries. Some become so horrific, it leads to people groups being decimated. Others end up ruining communities that had been thriving before pride, power or insanity took over the governing body in that area.
Yes, people all over the world are suffering due to many organizations that believe their agenda is more important than truth. Daily, people are fighting just to breathe and enjoy their homes in America. Daily, people in the Middle East are struggling just to survive one more day.
It happens slowly. Never underestimate the power of FEAR.
Never be afraid to speak out.
Never be afraid to love your enemy.
My friends at Planet Mommyhood are stepping up to help those who are being harmed in the Middle East. Stop by and see how you can join them as they work with I Am Your Voice via Food For the Hungry. Help can come through prayers or other means.
In addition, I have friends right now who are attempting to help local communities who are facing hard times. Some of these issues also stem from harsh treatment or abuse of power by people in elected positions or in companies where they have been given strategic roles that impact many. Pray for them.
We can make a difference.
But don’t focus on the distractions. WE have needs in our country as well as abroad. Push for issues to be addressed in the US. Yes, people need help overseas and we need help here. We need leaders who will ensure the safety and security of our neighborhoods, homes, communities and nation.
Will you join me?
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