To “cast out” fear

State by state, Donald Trump’s well-orchestrated claims of widespread 2020 voter fraud have been investigated and shown to be baseless. This week, we will begin to learn more about Trump’s January 6 “Stop the Steal” rally in Washington that delivered on his promise that it would be “wild.”

Congressman Bennie Thompson’s committee is gathering subpoenaed documents and insider testimony to shed light on events leading up to the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol. Some Republican leaders immediately denounced Trump’s January 6 actions (and inaction). When they quickly tried to defend the president or change the subject, I wondered, “What do they fear?” Maybe we’ll gain insight into that bizarre reversal.

Yesterday, as I thought about the “Stop the Steal” ploy and the committee’s hearings, the phrase “perfect love casts out fear” (1 John 4:18) stayed in my mind. I believe one aspect of “perfect love” is to shine light on our darker moments. It “casts out” fear.

t From “Special Report: Backers of Trump’s false fraud claims seek to control next elections,” by Tim Reid, Nathan Layne and Jason Lange, Reuters, September 22, 2021 (Photo of a supporter arriving by bus ahead of a protest against the election of Joe Biden, in Phoenix, AZ, by REUTERS/Caitlin O’Hara/File Photo

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