You’re home. Someone walks in and tells you your house is on fire. After sorting through questions like, “Who are you?” and, “How did you get in here?” assuming you believe them, what are you going to do? Get out, right? Of course. Your belief will result in action.
This is the analogy I have often used to describe authentic belief in God. It’s more than a mental ascent, more than empty words. If a person believes that Jesus is the only hope, he or she will step away from the way things used to be, life will take on a different appearance.
I think the analogy works in essence, but looking at my life, it is easy to see a gap between certain things I believe and the actions I have taken as a result.
I truly believe cardio and exercise greatly benefits overall health, but the tread on my running shoes would tell a different story. I know that I would be wise to cut dairy and sugar out of my diet, but as I write this I am staring at the empty wrapper of the ice cream bar I just finished.
My belief doesn’t correlate with my actions.
You have probably noticed this in your own life, distances between what you know to do and what you actually do.
These gaps take on different forms, depending on the person. For some, it’s laziness. For others, apathy or selfishness. I don’t think it’s as simple as you either believe or you don’t. For many of us, there is a gulf fixed between brain and foot, faith and response.
In scripture, Jesus encountered a man who was really good at keeping the rules. He approached Jesus with a question. “What can I do to guarantee eternal life?” Jesus responded with one requirement, an action plan. Read More…
For many years, the Christian church has been the subject of artistic criticism. Theological, social, and political critiques aside, much has been said about the lack of creativity.
In the future, I plan to dedicate a whole week to this topic, affirming some of the criticism, as well as defending what I believe to be amazing art coming from the Christian community. For now I will focus on one thread.
The biggest charge against Christian artists has been that there is a lack of honesty in the work presented, that everything feels forced or contrived, too safe.
Honestly, I understand this argument, and agree in large part. Much of what you see when you walk into a Christian book store is not-so-clever remixes of popular culture.
Take these for instance:
Rosie the Riveter and Monster Energy drinks go to church. It’s novelty, and while it is by no means exclusive to Christian companies, this is the church’s prevalent offering to the marketplace.
This should not be. Read More…