Friday, June 01, 2012
Are you a walking corpse of a Christian?
Princess Morag has two brothers. They would probably both admit to being somewhat self-absorbed. This became obvious at the wedding of Sir Elder Brother. Sir Younger Brother was best man so they both made speeches. The point of the speeches was not to celebrate the marriage of Sir Elder Brother to Fair Sister-In-Law, but to out do each other. In the midst of this competition and retelling of their historic battles in childhood it was not at all obvious that the household they grew up had also been the home of Princess Morag. Tales of sister were conspicuously missing. Yet, these are the same men that at the birth of Master Ryan had congratulated each other for their new titles of 'Uncle' as if they had something to do with the new life of their nephew. Admittedly Princess Morag had spent his birth lying half paralysed on her back, but he was flesh from her (newly scarred) flesh, and she was confused at the applause that they were giving each other. Princess Morag was put in mind of this occasion after reading the words of James in the bible:
"Do I hear you professing to believe in the one and only God, but then observe you complacently sitting back as if you had done something wonderful? That's just great. Demons do that, but what good does it do them?" (James Chapter 2, The Message)
James reminds us that faith without works is dead. Patting ourselves on the backs for 'being a Christian' isn't doing anybody much good, least of all ourself. Princess Morag is trying to work out how not to be a walking corpse that goes to church on a Sunday, but instead to be a loving, breathing, peace sowing woman walking with God.