Afraid or Dangerous?

Okay.  Time to face my paranoia:

I see things like that new site, I’m hesitant to join because it lumps all people of like beliefs and mindsets into one place — or database.  Easy pickings for those who would use such lists for nefarious purposes.  I’m hesitant to subscribe to sites even when offered services that I think would be of benefit.

I suppose by now it doesn’t make a lot of difference since we’re all in some database somewhere sorted and arranged by various things known about us.  We know Internet privacy is a flimsy thing.

I’m to the point where I’m even hesitant to sign petitions— Just another list of names for someone to hack and sell.

But, whether the fear is valid or not, It’s time to work through it.  My brother sent me some quotes by Jim Elliot, among which I found the following:

We [Christians] are so utterly ordinary, so commonplace, while we profess to know a Power the Twentieth Century does not reckon with. But we are “harmless,” and therefore unharmed. We are spiritual pacifists, non-militants, conscientious objectors in this battle-to-the-death with principalities and powers in high places. Meekness must be had for contact with men, but brass, outspoken boldness is required to take part in the comradeship of the Cross. We are “side-liners” — coaching and criticizing the real wrestlers while content to sit by and leave the enemies of God unchallenged. The world cannot hate us, we are too much like its own. Oh that God would make us dangerous!”

It’s way past time to stop being afraid.