Scared woman

Lessons from a fear of clowns

Many fears appear ridiculous, but they’re very real to the person who suffers from them. One of the more common phobias is coulrophobia or a fear of clowns. The fear has been around for a long time but the name is fairly recent. 

Either because of a bad experience or because of the media’s portrayal, many people are afraid of them. Clowns such as serial killer John Wayne Gacy and Pennywise in Stephen King’s “It” don’t help matters.

Clowns are supposed to be fun with their permanent smiles and bright colors, but instead they evoke dread. Hiding their true identity, they’re perceived to be deceptive and dangerous.

Others scoff at such a notion. They’re just clowns, they’re harmless.

The contrasting view of clowns brings an illustration to mind. Most people think Satan is a fairy tale concept with his pitchfork and pointy ears. There isn’t anything to fear from something that doesn’t even exist.

Just like an adult who fears clowns, those who know Satan is real are mocked as being childish. Except Satan is much more frightening than any phobia or fear. The Devil takes the soul and nothing matters more than that (Psalm 16:10; Revelation 20:7-10).

Satan hides behind a disguise, as well. “For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14, NKJV).

Appearances can be deceptive. Satan is the lord of lies and he mimics our voice and preferences as he subtly guides us into destruction (John 8:44; 1 Peter 5:8). We must fear him and cling to Christ so we can be saved spiritually (2 Corinthians 11:3; John 17:15).

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Richard lives in Florence, Alabama and is married to Deirdre. They have three daughters. He is an avid reader, devoted writer and lover of history and research. He is the author of "The Most Important Question" and is working on more books.

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