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Fear or Trust?

As the Israeli political theorist Yaron Ezrahi points out, governance is based on authority “that is generated in one of two ways — by trust or by fear. Both of those sources of authority are disintegrating right now.” The Arab leaders governed by fear, and their people are not afraid anymore. And the Western democracies governed by generating trust, but their societies today are more splintered than ever.

- Thomas Friedman, "The Bin Laden Decade," New York Times, May 31, 2011.

A reflection on Friedman's thought:
What is God's preferred way of getting us to recognize divine authority? The Rapture enthusiasts would say, "Fear."  Yet, what sort of twisted, hollow church does this create?  No, it can only come by trust. And trust comes only from observing Christ on the cross.