Words from the Heart for Saturday October 22nd, 2016
In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
James 2:17 (NIV)
Faith and Action
A spirituality that isn’t on the move is like a boat without a motor or sail. It is of no use. But faith that acts demonstrates that there is spiritual power. Does your faith produce action? Is there an evidence that your belief isn’t just in your head but also displayed in how you interact with others? Does your faith make a difference to the people around you?
Two and a half years after Lev Tahor fled Canada amid a variety of legal battles, members of the ultra-conservative Jewish sect are facing a government crackdown in their new home. Agents for Guatemala’s prosecution service swooped in on Lev Tahor’s Guatemala City compound in September and apprehended several children, according to unconfirmed local reports. Founded in 1980 by the dissident Rabbi Shlomo Helbrans, Lev Tahor members migrated from Israel to the United States, to Canada and, finally, to Guatemala in search of a country that would ignore their contentious religious practices. It is alleged that Lev Tahor condones child marriage and maintains inadequate health, hygiene and education standards, accusations the group has vehemently denied. In March of 2014, Chatham-Kent Children’s Services took action to seize 14 children, but social workers found that the families had fled, violating a court order.
There have those throughout history who have tried to become spiritual by separating themselves from the world completely. They felt that if they could just remove themselves from anything that might draw them away from the Lord, they could become holy. But by doing so, they missed a vitally important principle of the kingdom of God. We are called to be salt and light in our world. We cannot remove ourselves from the world. If God had done that, Jesus would never have come and we would still be lost in our sin. Jesus, the perfectly holy One, stepped out of heaven and came to earth so that He might redeem us. So it shouldn’t surprise us that James 2:17 says “In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” The Bible never gives us the option of pulling away from the world. In fact, Jesus went so far in His love for the world, and for those whom the world saw as sinful, that He was accused at one point of being the friend of sinners. Jesus life on earth was marked by a life of faith. He was constantly in communication with His Heavenly Father. But it was also marked by action – He was constantly among the people. Our lives must also be marked with that balance – walking in faith and serving others. Our actions prove that our faith is alive.
These have been words from the heart.