Sayings of a Gadfly
by Max Maxwell

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A preacher said, “The righteous person will fear God.” 

The Gadfly asked, “What can this mean?  Are we to fear God as a jogger in the park fears a mugger, or as a woman fears a rapist?  Or perhaps as one in their home might fear a robber? 

The preacher said, “Heavens no!  God is not a doer of evil, but the upholder of justice.   We fear God because he will pour out his wrath upon wrongdoers.”  

The Gadfly said, “Then, by your accounting, the righteous need not fear God, for only the unrighteous are punished. We are better off fearing our own wrongdoing than fearing God.  Those who seek to extinguish their own darkness will not fear the light.”

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