The Bible tells us that fearing God is the beginning of both knowledge and wisdom. This fearful concept of our Creator makes it easier to see why traditional Christians would believe that heaven is only a “yes to God” away compared to the Last Judgment where all the souls who answered “no-to-God” are eternally condemned. According to the Christian creed, it makes no difference if those condemned souls “properly fear God” after the judgment because going to hell is irreversible. That’s enough to put the “fear of God” into anyone who believes such.
There are two schools of thought to both parenting and management styles that rely on either fear, or faith and trust. The fear-based approach is that a manager’s employees should be fearful of the boss so that they will comply with whatever the boss says to do. The management style that is based on faith and trust has the manager inspiring and encouraging their employees in a way that draws the best out of them. This latter style requires faith and trust in others that they will indeed strive to do the best they can because they too want what’s best for everyone involved.
Fear-based management is the more popular style because it allows the manager to feel more proactive and it takes less effort and little faith or trust in others to implement. While having faith and trust in others is the less popular management style, one only has to ask which method they’d prefer to be managed by to see its merits. Most often managers aren’t satisfied that inspiring, encouraging and motivating others to do their best allows the boss to feel like they’ve contributed enough to bring the desired outcome. But what does all this talk of management styles have to do with fearing God?
It appears that God’s management or parenting style is not only based on faith and trust in His beloved children, but also in Himself for having created the perfect souls, plan and universe to delightfully unfold as God desired even before He said, “Let there be light.” Given that we already know we have the perfect Father and we were created in His perfect image, how long can any of us resist His unconditional love and flawless parenting skills?
A good analogy comes to mind describing another way this works. One of the toughest challenges a teenager faces while growing up is dating. The boy most often (even today) first asks the girl out on a date. Imagine the fear that accompanies that query. The young boy risks rejection from the girl he likes enough to ask out. He would then face her telling others of her rejection of him. The guilt and shame his, as yet, unfounded fears can generate is enough to stop any lad in his tracks.
Compare that with a different dating scenario that is instead based in faith and trust. We can see where the above analogy is headed when it comes to fearing God compared to having faith and trust in His unconditional love for us. Without fear, the unfounded guilt and shame does not have a chance to take root. We confidently move forward to strengthen our relationship with God and our love, wisdom and knowledge grow as we do. If we make a mistake, we don’t cower like an abused puppy expecting the worst for our transgressions. Knowing how loved we are, we see the error of our ways and continue on the right path without stopping our progress to berate ourselves.
Such is the power of the unconditional love God has for His children. Such is the power of having faith and trust in others to eventually measure up to the best that is within them. And such is the power of His perfect parenting skills that allows each of us to accept His loving ways for our own no matter how long that takes. This concept of faith and trust applies to management, relationships and especially God. There really isn’t a part of our lives that won’t improve by respecting others with the faith and trust we desire that they have in us.
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