“The fear of man brings a snare, But he who trusts in the LORD will be exalted.” Proverbs 29:25 NASB
When we put the fear of man above the fear of God, trouble always results. It may be the fear of what a person might think of us or the fear of a job loss or exclusion from a group. When we react to circumstances instead of looking to God for guidance and following his commands, we make short sighted and ill judged decisions.
We see that often in our Congress. Rather than evaluating the data, making a judgment on the situation, and making the best plan to address it, many bills and actions are the result of knee jerk reactions to a particular crisis. There is much chest beating and speech making where our leaders claim to have solved the problem, but in reality all they have done is put on a show, pushing back the hard work that has to be done.
Politics is one big bear trap where the fear of man holds sway.