Fear is a big enemy to guard against, while at the same time an essential ally to understand. Allowing irrational fear to influence your thinking can paralyze you, but ignoring fear triggered by real danger will kill you. Erasmus’ third rule is a warning to analyze your fears and understand the difference.
Knowing that God is real and that His word is reliable is hard amidst all the competing messages in the world. To live your life like you know it is even harder. Harder still is making the pursuit of that knowledge, with increasing faith, your life’s highest priority. This is the kind of radical faith we are being called to; a strong, unshakable, deliberate confidence in the character of God, even when you do not understand His ways and when the rest of the world says you are mad.
George Washington knew that Christian character was essential for the men defending the rights and liberties of this country. Winston Churchill believed that the Christian soldier was the only hope of saving the world. The faith of the Christian soldier was recognized by Jesus and has been essential in securing and maintaining our freedom ever since.