What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? (James 2:14-16)
We probably all grew up with the saying, “actions speak louder than words.” Or maybe we remember the immortal words of Charlie Brown: “I love mankind. It’s people I can’t stand.”
Faith in the abstract is simple. Of course we love God. Of course we love our neighbors. Of course we pray for those who are the victims of war, famine, poverty, homelessness. But when you start putting your faith into practice, you run up against what the society around you values, and you’re guaranteed to be considered a fool.
It’s foolish for one person to think they can make a difference. It’s foolish to spend your time volunteering or your money donating. It’s foolish to put a face to a “problem” like domestic violence, or homelessness, or child abuse. But Jesus asks you to do just that: to believe in what could be, even if it seems foolish. People around may think you’re a fool. Do it anyway.
Words aren’t enough. Faith alone isn’t enough. Let your actions speak louder than your words. How can you be a fool for Christ… today?
by Jeannette de Beauvoir
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