Say It Ain’t So
(This blog was originally published by Nathan Neighbour on March 2, 2015 )
One of the foundational principals that we work with in our trainings is that our beliefs inform our behavior. Vice versa, we can look at our behavior, and it will inform us of the beliefs that govern and direct our lives.
I’ve noticed that in Christianity, we have established a very interesting culture. In many cases we take one another’s word that we believe something, but do not require action or behavior to back that up. In other words, we often do not look to behavior to inform us of what one believes.
We’ve created a culture where we can:
- Say we have deep faith in a good and loving God, and yet run at the first sight of danger
- Say we believe God has given us good things, yet give every excuse to not be generous
- Say we know we should love as God loved us, yet are too busy to care for our neighbor
- Say we have been forgiven of much, then talk about how “hard” it is to forgive
- Say we believe in the God of miracles, yet live ordinary lives
We love great worship anthems that call us out upon the waters and to have our trust be without borders, but do we actually plan on living that way?
I wonder what would happen if the only thing we took as “truth” was our actions? What would happen if we could no longer just say we are believers, but the fruit of our lives would be the only thing that would inform others if we truly believe?
This is not a call to have our faith be about our works. It is about letting our works speak to the world what we believe. As the scriptures say, “faith without works is dead.” Another way of saying this might be that our faith is really not faith until we live it.
So what are your actions telling you about your beliefs today? If you look at the fruit of your life, what does it inform you about your faith? And, if the fruit of your life doesn’t align with what you profess to believe, what needs to shift?