We often hear about the "Christian Right," or "Conservative Christians." Yet, if you think about it, Jesus was the original liberal.  He cared about motives more than the deeds themselves (Matthew 23:5 & Mark 12:41-43) and more about compassion than adhering to rules (Luke 6:1-11 & Luke 13:10-17). This blog will reflect liberal Christian values of compassion, tolerance, mercy, charity, a thirst for knowledge & understanding, and, above all, love.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

A Question Of Faith

Psalm 18:1-2 ~ "I love you, Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold." 

I confess, this is the hardest part of Christianity for me, as my Florida pastor can attest to.  I have an especially hard time with Luke 12:22-31 ~ "And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on.  For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.  Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds!  And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?  If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest?  Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith!  And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried.  For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them.  Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you." 

Having Jesus take the wheel is hard for me.  I see people who choose not to work, or who won’t take their children to a doctor, under the theory that “God will provide,” and it infuriates me.  Then, I feel bad;
1.  Because I’m getting mad at someone for having faith in God,
2.  Because I feel as if my faith doesn't measure up to theirs.

Of course, these are flawed ways of thinking.  Addressing #2 first, faith isn’t a comparative commodity.  I can't measure my faith compared to your faith, or vice versa.  Faith is a constant work in progress, which ebbs and flows throughout our lives, rather than being a stagnant thing that can be measured.

More importantly, at least to me, faith in God doesn't equate to letting God do things for us.  As Pastor Buchanan explained it to me, God blessed us with talents so we can do for ourselves.  Faith in God means to me, having faith that God has given the tools to solve our problems and provide for ourselves.

That being said, there's no substitute for praying for guidance and strength to keep us going.

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