I am convinced that fear drives most of the wrong decisions we make in life. I’m also convinced that many of us, if not all of us, do not recognize fear in our decision making. We are simply blind to it, even when it’s shining in neon like on a giant billboard, and others could effortlessly point it out in us. In relationships, fear of being alone in the world causes us ignore the red flags and marry a spouse to whom we aren’t well suited or who is an abuser. In parenting, fear of our children getting involved with the “wrong” group of kids or making the same mistakes we made in life causes us to be overprotective, overbearing, and oppressive. In churches, fear of false doctrine and apostasy among our congregation causes us to be narrow minded and closed off to anything that is not explicitly Biblical.