Homeland insecurity

Christians and the fear factor
When I told my family less than a year ago that I was going to move to Chicago to work for the Christian Century, one family member protested. She was concerned, in the aftermath of 9/11, about me working in a downtown location where, she feared, terrorists might strike next.

I had already wondered, in fact, about what would happen if terrorists struck the Sears Tower. Would it topple over and land on the Monroe Building where the Century offices are located? My wife and I had discussed these and other prospects in making our decision, and we came to the conclusion that we would choose not to live our lives in such a state of fear. That was a choice—and an ongoing struggle.

“Don’t worry about things that might never happen,” I once read when I was fretting about something. That’s great advice. But it’s easier said than done.


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