'Do not be afraid': Lutherans invite Christians to conquer fear of others

By agency reporter
December 18, 2018

The good news of yet another season of celebrating the birth of Jesus should inspire Christians to be more committed to serving humanity even when confronted with fear over dangerous situations. This is the message of The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) during Christmas this year.

LWF President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa says the Lutheran communion’s invitation to cast aside fear draws on the radical admonition: “Do not be afraid,” found in the Gospel of Luke.

“We cannot allow fear to interrupt our peaceful co-existence as human beings, especially in a world where geographical distances no longer separate us,” Musa urged the 148 member churches of the LWF.

“Our hospitality towards those we consider strangers because they come from different religions, cultures or places can only be credible if we first dispel our fears,’” he added.

The good news of the birth of Christ should inspire Christians to serve humanity but they must shed their fear of intervening in dangerous situations or confronting structures that inhibit the realisation of fullness of life for all, Musa emphasised.

Referring to his home country, Nigeria, Musa notes that in some regions “communities have polarised along ethnic and religious lines, all because of fear of the other.”

The LWF President concluded: “Let me reiterate the words of the angel: ‘Do not be afraid’.”

* Read the LWF message here

* Lutheran World Federation https://www.lutheranworld.org/

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