Obama at Nat’l Prayer Breakfast: ‘Faith Is a Great Cure for Fear’

‘Fear can lead us to succumb to despair or paralysis, or cynicism’

"And fear does funny things. Fear can lead us to lash out against those who are different, or lead us to try to get some sinister other under control. Alternatively, fear can lead us to succumb to despair or paralysis, or cynicism. Fear can feed our most selfish impulses, and erode the bonds of community. It is a primal emotion, fear, one that we all experience. And it can be contagious, spreading through societies and through nations. And if we let it consume us, the consequences of that fear can be worse than any outward threat. For me, and I know for so many of you, faith is a great cure for fear. Jesus is a good cure for fear."

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