Scripture to consider:
John 7. 11 The Jews were looking for him at the feast, and saying, “Where is he?” 12 And there was much muttering about him among the people. While some said, “He is a good man,” others said, “No, he is leading the people astray.” 13 Yet for fear of the Jews no one spoke openly of him.
Thought to ponder:
Fear of man is such a part of our human fabric that we should check for a pulse if someone denies it.
—Edward T. Welch, When People are Big and God is Small (Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R, 1997), 17.