Thursday, October 26, 2006

When God-talk is nonsense

I love the Message. I can get immersed in it.

I've been reading James recently. I love this bit from chapter 2:
Dear friends, do you think you'll ever get anywhere in this if you learn all the right words but never do anything?....For instance, you come upon an old friend dressed in rags and half-starved and say, "Good morining friend! Be clothed in Christ! Be filled with the Holy Spirit!" and walk off without providing so much as a coat or a cup of soup-where does that get you? Isn't it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense.
Some frustrations of mine:
-I'm sick of listening to people who are full of 'holy' chat and cliches but little in the way of action.
-I'm sick of hearing people say they have a heart for Lurgan while sitting on their arses.
-I'm sick of hearing people pray for the 'young people' then walking right past them at the back of the room.
-I'm sorry for the times when I have been one of these people.

-I want to hear less talk of how to get to heaven and more about bringing heaven to earth.
-I want to hear less talk of avoiding hell and more about what we can do to resist hell coming to earth (through poverty, injustice, suffering).




Anonymous said...

who's Bob Gass now (more God-acts)?

dean irwin said...

i agree john we can all become lazy at times and talk a good talk but dont put our words into actions,we ALL need to be out reaching the lost theres a town full of young people going to hell if we dont go out and reach them.

Grant said...

completely agree bubber lips!

Steve McCready said...

John, how freaky I was just about to blog on the Message and I clicked on your blog..onagi!
Good job!

anna said...

very very good. good stuff, really. can i use this for my message to our youth group? no, seriously, AMEN!
great blog site by the way, thanks