Richard Owen Robert discusses Probers 9:10, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,” in an extended interview for Behold Your God: Rethinking God Biblically.
He explains how the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom, the only preservative against personal evil, and the only guarantee of social justice.
But can we say our churches are full of wisdom? Does our nation have biblical social justice? Roberts diagnoses many of the problems within the church and the nation, as a lack of the fear of God.
But Roberts also provides the remedy. Churches and pastors must "get on their faces before God and repent of the sham Christianity that they have been presenting."