Fear divides people into two categories: us and them. This polarized thinking is more combative than missional because of its tendency to isolate. A spider hole is a tactical tool, a strategically placed hole in the ground used to hide as a means of escaping in warlike situations. It’s dark, cramped, and isolated. “My plan is to retreat, ride it out, and live to fight another day,” says this man who is taking extreme measures on National Geographic’s show Doomsday Preppers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEcMtw4_UHo. The church is not a spider hole, but some of us might treat it as such. Instead of looking at our faith as a way to hide away from an evil world, we need to shine as lights in the darkness so that others can know Jesus and be reconciled to God.
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