Lost somewhere in the language of postmodernism, existentialism, and other philosophies hides a sleeping, philosophical giant known as pragmatism. Though not as public as perhaps other philosophies, pragmatism has crept into the public square and informed nearly every aspect of daily life.
In the book Faith Acts, Dillon and I wrote about our work in the homeless community through Relevant Hope, and we focused on James 1:22 as a guiding portion of Scripture that helped us put our faith in action. We truly believe that those who are in Christ will live out their faith both in personal piety and expression of love toward others. Good works shouldn’t be done out of a sense of duty or a begrudging attitude. Intent is just as important as obedience, and Jesus spoke to that in his parable of the two brothers (Matthew 21:28-32).
“What if” is probably the most overused phrase for people who aren’t actually going to do anything. We think we are to using it proactively to anticipate possible problems, but we know we can’t predict every possible “what if” scenario. We use it to pontificate other people who aren’t doing something without any thought to the fact that when asking “what if?” the person asking isn’t doing anything about it either. So, what if we stopped what iffing and actually did something?
You should buy and read Faith Acts: A Provocative Call to Live What You Believe.
I’m not talking about the fact that I want you to buy the book Dillon and I wrote, but I think you actually should buy the book and then read it and then do something more with your faith that just knowing about it.
My desire to write Faith Acts happened because of a conversation over a cup of coffee. I’m fairly certain all great things in life begin this way, and I hope Faith Acts joins the ranks of great things that happened.