I’M LUCKY ENOUGH to go to a church that does more than complain about how bad the world is. We do something to help turn it in a better direction.
This past weekend, my Bible study class divided up into 3 teams and we took on repair and cleaning projects for folks in the community.
- My wife and two others worked cleaning the kitchen of a lady fighting cancer.
- Several others cleaned windows at another lady’s house.
- My team got to install a storm door at the front entrance to the home of an elderly gent who takes tiny, tiny steps. We also painted his back deck, which was huge. At the pace he’s able to walk now, it would probably take him several minutes to travel from one end to the other.
A few weeks ago I went with several others from a sister church to rural Kentucky. There, on a mountaintop, we built a wheelchair ramp for a lady who hadn’t been out of her house in 6 months.
This is my idea of some of the kind of stuff Christians should be doing.
A little less bashing of sinners.
A little less picketing people who don’t agree with us.
A little less woe is me in this woeful world.
How about a little more of James? I think the world could use it right about now.
Isn’t it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense?
I can already hear one of you agreeing by saying, “Sounds good. You take care of the faith department, I’ll handle the works department.” Not so fast. You can no more show me your works apart from your faith than I can show you my faith apart from my works. Faith and works, works and faith, fit together hand in glove. James 2:17-20, The Message