In All Things, Balance... and Unity

   As I listened to the local pastor’s sermon I couldn’t help but wonder exactly what was best for a Christian to do in today’s bizarre, upside-down world. The sermon was from the book of James and the pastor rightly said we will be noticed by our works, and folks, there are plenty of works to be done.

   But the devil, they say, is in the details. Amen? First, what exactly constitutes good works and then which of those tasks are we as Christians to undertake?

   “If I profess,” Martin Luther noted, “with the loudest voice and the clearest exposition, every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christianity. That is because where the battle rages the loyalty of the soldier is proved; and to be steady on all the battlefield besides is mere flight and disgrace to him if he flinches at that one point.”

   If you agree, then must we not first identify where the battle rages? Next, how is it that we, as Christians, should respond? Is it a mission trip to the Dominican Republic this pastor was promoting and/or volunteering at our local homeless shelter, or is it confronting the leaders of our time as Jesus so often did? Perhaps it is a combination of both? If that is the case, then in what proportion/ratio for e ...

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