The Everyday Girl Guide to: James and My Life (James 2:14-26)

July 8, 2013

I wasn’t going to blog today because my body kindly woke me up at 3:15 a.m.  However, even if my body is weak, my spirit is willing, so I’ll take a stab at it.  This one is a pretty big chunk that goes together.

14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 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? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”

Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.

20 You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless[a]? 21 Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. 23 And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,”[b] and he was called God’s friend. 24 You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone.

25 In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction? 26 As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.

James 2:14-26

I’m going to try to keep this one pretty simple for the sake of my sleep-deprived brain.

If I say I believe in preserving the ecology but use 4 plastic bottles of water every day (and just toss them in the trash), people are going to have a hard time believing in my claims.

If I say I am against animal abuse, but never walk my dog, play with him, or even let him in the house (assuming it’s not a working breed that I do work with), then people are going to feel a little bit of doubt.

If I claim to be a Christian of strong faith, but my Christianity consists of going to church Sundays and Wednesdays and nothing more, I worry about those who do believe my claims, because I’m now representative of all Christians.  If I am a Christian and don’t hold a door for another person, cut off someone in traffic for driving too slowly (mea culpa), or watch a movie or TV show I know is contrary to my faith (Magic Mike, ladies?)..

Reminds me of a line from Top Gun:

Son, your ego is writing checks your body can’t cash.

If my actions don’t keep up with my mouth… maybe it’s better to just stay quiet.

’nuff said.

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