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Just Do It!

June 8, 2005

Well Blogger ate another post. This will not be as good as it was the first time… but oh well.

Several years ago, yes it was several years ago, Nike had an ad campaign that featured the tag line “Just Do It”. This year at camp we are following up a study of Galatians with a study of the book of James. Growing up James was championed in our windowless auditorium. So your reaction may be like mine was at first… Uhh, this could get real church of Christy.

James was the one that I heard saying Works are more important than faith. Not what he said really. I heard, “show me your faith (you Baptists) and I will show you my works” Take that!

We are trying to take a different approach, hopefully one that is true to the scripture. I hope we get across that this Christianity thing has less to do with what happens Sunday than it does what happens Monday. That getting it all “right” inside the 4 walls is useless unless what you do in the streets is right toward others.

There have been some great discussions lately about being missional. Not sending out in effort to evangelize the world, but to be the hands and feet of Jesus. To love those who need loving. To care for the poor. If you have not already read Mike Cope’s article in “Christian Standard” then go there now and read it! Patrick Mead has two recent posts that are on target to this idea of living as a Christian vs. just saying you are one. We want to get across the idea that you are deceiving yourselves if you only listen to the word and you don�t act on it.

During our vacation last week, my wonderful wife wanted us to spend a day in service. We visited a rescue mission in Orlando. The place was impressive. The way it should be, these Christians gave not just the minimum to help, but way beyond what anyone would expect. They have a extremely nice facility with computer labs and sewing rooms and a hair salon. They strive to not just shelter people who are homeless but to educate them if needed, to give them the tools and opportunity to “succeed” in life. As we spent some time with the kids and toured the facility everyone was presented not as a homeless person, but as a honored guest. Hey, that is in James too.

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  1. June 8, 2005 6:28 pm

    Good post! I really like the book of James, for a lot of reasons, and have always tried to take it to heart. Not only for all of his “action” statements, which I agree with and try to live, but because of all of his wisdom. Especially, in the first chapter.

    Years ago when I was going through an extremely difficult time in my life (I actually had to leave “home” and my three kids for a week to get away from constant abuse), I happened to be visiting in a Wednesday night Bible class in Galveston on the 1st chapter of James and wrote a poem afterward about it because I was so struck by what James had to say about God giving us each wisdom, if we will just pray for it, “without finding fault!”

    I was getting lots of bad advice and criticism at the time about just about everything I did (or didn’t do) and was so relieved to find that God does not blame in any way, but gives us wisdom, instead, if we will but ask. That was a very enlightening thought and has helped change my focus ever since.

    When are you going to be at camp? And how are things going in that regard with the board?

  2. June 8, 2005 8:06 pm

    Great thoughts! Thanks for sharing about the shelter, that sounds like a great place.

  3. June 9, 2005 8:57 am

    Today is Day #40. Congrats on your participation!!!!!!

    Keep on.

    40 Days of Fat reloaded begins August 1.

  4. June 9, 2005 9:14 am

    What’s in our hearts comes out in what we do and say. I don’t have a problem with the Matthew 25 vision of being judged on that basis. It’s by what we do and say that the world judges us as Christians; why should it be any different with God?

    If we really believe, we can’t help but show it. “Faith becomes fact when you act.” (That’s my mantra.)

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