Wednesday, February 1, 2012

A Disturbing Commonality

At the surface these two persons...





Seem to have little in common. But the reality is that they share one very important concern. Your faith; or the lack there of. In fact one might say they find your lack of faith disturbing... And I'm sure they feel the same way about mine when it falls short.

Okay so a Dark Lord of the Sith is probably not all that concerned about my faith. But I'm sure the savior of the world is. And while I am certain that I have faith I am equally certain that there are far too many times when the people around me wouldn't know if I didn't simply tell them. Talk however is cheap and offers but little assurance when it comes to the veracity of the proffered statement. Or as is stated in the book of James,

"What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don't show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, and you say, 'Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well'—but then you don't give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do?
So you see, faith by itself isn't enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.
Now someone may argue, 'Some people have faith; others have good deeds.' But I say, 'How can you show me your faith if you don't have good deeds? I will show you my faith by my good deeds.'
You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror. How foolish! Can't you see that faith without good deeds is useless?" (James 2:14-20 NLT)

So action, not talk, is the order of the day. After all as my illustrious co-author has noted there is a sad truth in Thoreau's observation that, "The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation". And how will they ever know anything different if we who have escaped that life have nothing to show as evidence of our freedom. I believe Saint Francis of Assisi said it well when he offered this instruction, "Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words", and "It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching". So I don't know about you but I think I'll go for a walk. Feel free to come along.

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