Early church leader James wrote, “Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.”
It seems that to James, a faith without action is worthless. His statement, however, did not end this debate between faith and works. In fact, he seems to allow at least the possibility of a viable faith that lacks tangible action.
There is a tension here, one that has not been resolved in the two millennia since.
James also wrote, “If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?”
I recently read the premier issue of a magazine that addresses this idea of Christian action in a most proactive way. It is Reject Apathy, published by the folks who put out Relevant magazine. (I recommend both.)
The tag line of Reject Apathy is: “Sustainable Change. Sacrificial Living. Spiritual Revolution.”
We can look to Jesus as our example. He went about doing good: healing people, feeding people, and teaching people what they should do. How could we, as his followers, do anything less?
Peter DeHaan writes about biblical Christianity to confront status quo religion and live a life that matters. He seeks a fresh approach to following Jesus through the lens of Scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices.
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