The first time I heard the word “phobia” was in the 1990 John Goodman movie Arachnophobia. The film was a comedic horror film that highlighted the uncontrollable fear of spiders. The suffix phobia comes from the Greek word “Phobos,” which means extreme, irrational fear. The list of fears is endless, with some as the fear of clowns, insects, heights, and water. Yet, over the last four years, some in politics, the media, and activists have consistently used this suffix to undermine those who may have a different ideological point of view.
Today, I would like to coin a new term – “Jephobia.” Jephobia is the abbreviated term for Jesus-phobia that can be defined as the fear of having one’s sins illuminated by God's Word and Christian principles. Those who suffer from Jephobia resort to slander and may express anger, disdain, and resentment toward Scripture, fundamental Christian beliefs, and those who adhere to those beliefs. Addition symptoms of Jephobia include denial of universally accepted laws, truths, facts, the refusal for self-examination, and the view that everyone else is wrong but them. The ailments of Jephobia is then compounded with the redefining of absolute rights & wrongs, calling evil good and good evil (Is. 5:20).
The Wonderful Counselor, Jesus Christ, who also has his medical degree (Great Physician), making him a psychiatrist, first identified this fear among the Jewish community in ancient Israel. Since that time, it has steadily progressed through time and spread to other populations as a pandemic. Jesus identified himself as the "Light of the World" that now shines from his teachings to illuminate humanity's spiritual conscience and to lead one down the path of redemption, reconciliation, and rehabilitation. Regrettably, in the same breath, Jesus describes the light as being rejected because men love and choose darkness because "their deeds were evil."
Unfortunately, in a “woke” society where it is awake to carnality but asleep to spirituality, the truth of Jesus’ statement is ever more relative. Not only does society chooses to live in the dark, but they hate those who walk in the light because their deeds are reproved (John 3:1-21). No person wants the thoughts they have and the choices they make deemed wrong, but truth and love are confrontational virtues that seek the overall betterment of one’s well being. The rejection of the Light and the denial of Truth will only lead to personal debilitating thoughts and behaviors that leave one perpetually searching to find oneself. It takes humility to receive the Light and a willing mind listening to Truth that will transform and conform one into the expression of perfect love.