It always takes me leerily aback when someone describes themselves as “god fearing” in their profile. I realize it’s a badge of respectability in the general Bible Belt arena, but I’m not a Bible Belter myself and it carries almost visceral negative connotations to me.
It’s not simply that “godfearers” are most likely to give hue and cry to banning books, burning witches (me being a witch), picketing Planned Parenthood Clinics, and being generally hateful to those that don’t share their beliefs (but dishonest about it, giving “loving” hell warnings), but also the objective translation of the term itself. You believe that your god is your creator (not that there aren’t other definers of what a god might be) and that you should be very afraid of your creator. See, that just sounds all kinds of wrong to me.
Why should you fear your creator? You are an extension of your creator. Surely that’s obvious to anyone of any religion or ideology. So why should you fear your creator? That’s like fearing yourself. You have issues if you do. A lack of confidence or self respect. Or…
Well, I suppose if your creator seemse more to you like a parent to you than Artiste re Art. And I know people who do very literally and with good reason fear a parent or two. In that case it runs along the lines of “I brought you into this world and I can take you out of it!” But that, when taken literally, is very much a dysfuntional relationship that someone really needs to extricate themselves from and recover from.
It’s like, yeah…. I see someone say that of themselves and I automatically think, “There’s someone with issues I’d better steer clear of or they’ll be trying to make their issues my issues. That’s someone who is suffering a dichotomy between “what’s supposed to be” and what actually is.
I feel bad for them. I honestly do. But I don’t want the added issues. I’ve worked through plenty of my own and don’t feel like adding more unneccessarily. Does that make sense?
I wonder what it means to those who say they are godfearing. They must have a more positive interpretation of it if they want to say it of themselves, right?