What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him?
If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, "Go in peace, be warmed and filled," without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that?
So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. -James 2:14-17
It’s been all over the news. ISIS. Terrorist attacks. People beheaded. Christians driven from their homes simply because they believe in Jesus.
It’s hard to believe it is happening in 2014. We are so advanced, so civilized, so tolerant… but it is happening.
Just a plane ride away. You have brothers and sisters in Christ who are suffering the persecution Jesus promised believers would endure.
The only question for you is: what are you going to do about it? Can we simply dismiss it, pretend it’s not happening? Can we be content to say, “That’s too bad…” and go about our business? What are you going to do about it?
By the way, James tells us that if we are able to hear the need and quickly move on, without helping, our faith is dead. Not real, not even just “weak” - dead.
So what are you going to do about it?
What can you do about it? The answer is you can do a lot - if you are willing!
Pray. Pray passionately, persistently, specifically, like Jesus taught us.
And help meet the needs. Dan and Alicia Thompson are two incredible people from our church who are unwilling to sit back and watch. Right now they are spearheading an effort to get supplies to these persecuted Christians. And they need your help. Yes, you! You can partner in this effort and show the love of Christ!
Click on this link for the details. And I thank you in advance for demonstrating a faith that is not only alive but compassionate and active!
p.s. - thankful to be surrounded by people who have a heart of compassion and a faith that steps out