Compliance By Fear
John 9:22 “(His parents said these things because they feared the Jews, for the Jews had already agreed that if anyone should confess Jesus to be Christ, he was to be put out of the synagogue.)”
Jesus had just healed a man who was born blind. The blind man and his parents were well known to the community and its leaders. Therefore this healing was having too great an impact that those who opposed Jesus were afraid. In order to discredit the healing they interviewed the healed man and his parents.
However we take note in the above text, that the man’s parents could not speak the truth because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. They were compliant to the jewish leaders by fear. They refused to testify about God’s goodness to their son, because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. When asked how and who healed their son, the parents did not say what they knew but what the Jewish leaders wanted to hear. It was compliance by fear!
If fear is the motivating factor then truth becomes compromised. Jewish leaders used the threat of disfellowship from the synagogue as a leverage against the people. The people were therefore compliant to their leaders because of fear. Their commitment was not out of love or conviction but out of fear. It was compliance by fear.
Compliance by fear is not compliance. Compliance by fear produces people who do the bear minimum to satisfy the fear mongering leaders. Compliance by fear is the reason why many members come to church but keep a low profile away from leaders who wield fear. Compliance by fear is the reason why many are afraid to transfer membership lest they get disfellowshipped. Compliance by fear is the reason why worship and fellowship is so cold and uninspiring because the people are too cautious to express themselves.
Compliance by fear is the reason why some marriages and relationships are so cold and barely surviving. Compliance by fear is the reason workers cannot sacrifice for the organisation. Compliance by fear is the reason why classes are boring and un-exciting. Compliance by fear is the curse that has caused an appearance that all is well when all is not well. Because of compliance by fear we mark time for the sake of looking busy but we are not marching forward yet we should be.
Relationships are ruined and progress hampered by compliance due to fear. Are people afraid of disfellowship or being denied church leadership positions if they don’t comply? Are people afraid of getting fired or losing favour at the work place? Is your spouse afraid of your temper and threat of being left? These and many others are signs of compliance by fear.
Compliance by fear is when you come to church for fear of ending up in hell. Compliance by fear is when you follow healthful practices for fear of diseases and death. Compliance by fear is when your commitment is inspired by fear of coming persecution. Compliance by fear is where you only murmur about an issue you don’t like but are afraid to air it out. Compliance by fear is why we give tithe and token offering in fear that a curse from God may cause us financial distress. Yet God doesn’t want compliance by fear, He says, I love a cheerful giver. After giving out of fear, don’t expect any blessings. God detests compliance by fear.
Why are you sexually moral? Why do you promote sexual morality? Is the basis fear of sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV/AIDS and unwanted pregnancy? Is the basis avoidance of embarrassing scandals of love triangles? Is the basis reputation that needs to be guarded? Wouldn’t that be compliance by fear? Jesus said of sexual immorality that it begins with lust within a person. The problem with sexual immorality according to God, is the corrupted heart and rebellious spirit and not the attendant damage. Fear should not be the driving force of sexual morality. Compliance by fear is contrary to God’s will.
The reason why God who could kill satan and ensure no rebellion spreads across His universe, did not do so, was because God was avoiding compliance by fear. God allowed rebellion to show its full characteristics so that all creation by choice will accept God or reject Him. God wants us to be inspired by knowledge and love, not fear. God hates compliance by fear. The reason why God doesn’t kill sinners instantly upon sinning, is that if God did that, the rest of us would comply but out of fear of instant death. To avoid compliance by fear, God allows the wicked to seem to prosper and to seem to go scot free and unpunished. But at the end of time, all will account and every sin will be severely punished.
May God save us from the unacceptable compliance by fear and may He help us not to create fear in others…may a fear free world be part of the many blessings today in Jesus name, Amen!(c)firstname.lastname@example.org (do not delete any part of this post, including this. You are free to share these posts but do not edit the authorship or content…thank you and be blessed!)