• J. Basil Dannebohm

Have no fear: Calm minds and sound doctrine will always prevail


By J. Basil Dannebohm



I recently saw an image of a well known man who is in the ‘business’ of being Catholic. The image, which was posted by the individual himself, included a quote of his own words beside an image of him kneeling and praying the rosary at some sort of protest event against the Roman pontiff.


Saddened, I couldn’t help but shake my head at the post and the pathetic lows that such men have sunk in their quest for admiration: quoting one’s self alongside a photo of one’s self praying (and turns out, this wasn’t his first such post — he does it often). I think Jesus had something to say about such men. Yet, they seem to have become quite commonplace in several religious movements.


A wise man once told me, "The good does not make noise, the noise does not make good."


Those words were really thought provoking and certainly changed the way I observe current events and the noisemakers. Since then I haven't watched the videos or read the articles being pumped ad nauseam out by garage studio theologians. As a result, I don't find my head spinning as much and my soul is a lot more at peace. I'm not naive to what's going on in the world. Rather, I am just a bit more discerning of who I listen to and how I process current events.


Far too many garage studio theologians salivate at the very notion of becoming the next "big name" on the Christian speakers circuit, which is nothing more than a group of gypsies: the same speakers who go from town to town pontificating the same message and peddling their latest propoganda trinkets. In the end their messages share one thing in common: all words of hype and fear with no proposition of any tangible action. Hardly evangelization. Let's be honest, at least when attending a hot air balloon festival you get to see the gas bags float along the horizon rather than stand at a lectern.


Suffice to say, I’m not caught up in the cult of personality that surrounds ‘men with microphones’ and ‘celebrity’ clergy.


Rather, I am of the opinion that our minds -- and certainly our souls don't need the latest social media sensation to help us navigate our way through life. Contrary to what narcissistic fear mongers would have us believe, the reality is that nearly every challenge and crisis we face today has been faced by many of the saints in their lifetimes. In the words of such saints, we find wisdom and guidance that has stood the test of time and proven worthy of our trust.


Have no fear. Calm minds and sound doctrine will always prevail.