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QT James 2:14-26

December 22, 2015

14: What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him?

15: Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food.

16: If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does noting about his physical needs, what good is it?

17: In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

26: As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.

Today’s QT basically says that I have act according to my faith, and that faith must be made complete through actions. Now, I see a common argument that rises from this that is that people trying to figure out if faith alone without deeds can save or not. The reality is that faith naturally cause deeds, so if there is no deeds, one should question oneself if there really is even a mustard seed of a faith.

Looking at my life, are my actions completing my faith? I live in a very privileged situation, and everyone I see and meet day to day, except for the occasional beggars on the street, area also in privileged situation. And it can definitely even be argued that even the beggars are in privileged situation, considering they’re in the US, and they most likely will not die of hunger. Same cannot be said about some other people in other countries.

Being in this type of privileged situation, I question how Christians really should act. Sure, helping someone who is growing in faith get closer to God is good, but I wonder if we are not all turning a blind eye to people in other countries who are suffering, and actually dying of hunger. It’s hard to even start to think about these big problems we all ignore.

Application: do QT first thing tomorrow, read Psalms and pray before going to sleep