November 10th, 2013
A Redskins fan, an Eagles fan, a Cowboys fan, and a Giants fan are climbing a mountain and arguing about who loves his team more.
The Redskins fan insists he is the most loyal. ‘This is for the Redskins!” he yells, and jumps off the side of the mountain.
Not to be outdone, the Eagles fan shouts, ‘This is for the Eagles!’ and throws himself off the mountain.
The Giants fan is next to profess his love for his team. He yells, ‘This is for everyone!’ and pushed the Cowboys fan off the mountain.
November 10th, 2013
Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. James 2:17
As I’m getting ready for church this morning I have TBN on in the background and heard the song “Those Crazy Christians.” The song is written from the point of view of someone baffled by people of faith. It caught my interest.
Most puzzling to the skeptic in the song is not faith itself, but the actions that such faith produces. Things such as mission trips to dangerous regions, baptism, hospital visits to strangers, sobriety, forgiveness of atrocities, etc. It must look insane, yet inspiring to watch, to someone who is agnostic.
The most powerful examples of someone’s faith in action that I can think of aren’t hands raised in the air, or shouts of hallelujah. It’s the church members gathered around my patient’s bedside as he breathed his last, and how they took shifts around the clock with his family in the last week while he fought for his life and lost.
It’s the family, who donate the majority of their time to charity. It’s my sister, who found her purpose in fighting for the cause of relief in Haiti, taking multiple trips there to co-found Haitian Artisans for Peace International to lift up the poor. It’s my brother dedicating his life to pastor according to God’s will.
These are only a few the people who inspire me. Not someone telling me how they think it is. No fire and brimstone sermon ever did diddly-squat to strengthen my faith. It’s all about the action.