I remember times in my life when I was scared to express my opinion. Not because I
thought my opinion was stupid, but because I was a Christian, sharing my thoughts
with people who weren’t believers. Back then, I was not a true follower of Christ. I
wasn’t willing to give up everything to follow Jesus. I was afraid of the consequences.
God later showed me that I should not fear a life with Him, I should fear a life without
Him, and I haven’t turned back since.
Through my time working at a Bible camp and ministering with Youth With A
Mission (YWAM), I have seen Christians not fully commit to being a follower because
they were afraid of what others would think of them. Did the fear of judgment stop the
Apostle Paul from preaching the gospel? Of course not. He was willing to do anything
for Christ, even die, because he was a follower. As Christians, we are always going to
be judged for what we believe. But God will always love us, and He wants the best for
us. He wants us to embrace life, and finish what He started.
God wants us to be a part of His army, but if we fear judgment, how are we ever
going to accomplish anything? I’d guess that half of the members of the Conservative
Party of Canada are born-again Christians, they do not support abortion, nor do they
support same-sex marriage. Same-sex marriage was legalized in Canada in 2005 under
the Liberal government. In 2006, Conservative Party leader Stephen Harper won the
federal election. Since then, he has refused to reopen the abortion debate, receiving
a lot of criticism from pro-life activists. If he were to reopen the debate, it would most
likely be problematic for him and the Conservative Party. So, ultimately, it is a fear of
As Christians, we need to show the world that we do not fear their judgment.
We need to stand together, against everyone who hates us, and fight for what we believe in. We need to vote for the political party that we see fit to run our country. Being
able to vote gives us a voice, and one voice can do so much. I am using my voice right
now, and I am begging you to not fear! Fear is such a small thing, and with the power
of prayer we can defeat it. The judgment of other people did not stop the twelve disciples from preaching the gospel. They used their voices, and they used them without
“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will
have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16: 33
THE FEAR OF JUDGMENT
By: Brittany Pettinger