Sunday, April 23, 2006
'Doctrine greater than all our sin! (?)
doctrine that will pardon and cleanse within;
Doctrine, doctrine, God's doctrine,
Doctrine is greater than all our sin!
I don't think so.
"Seriously, this very idea -- that having received beyond merit should make us generous to others beyond deserving -- is the core of the gospel. The ministry of Jesus was, after all, not doctrinal. It was 'commissional.' That is, Jesus was not telling people what to believe; he was showing people what to do, and then asking them to go and do likewise."
--Dr. Robin R. Meyers, in "The Virtue in the Vice: Finding Seven Lively Virtues in the Seven Deadly Sins" (Deerfield Beach, Fla.: Health Communications Inc., 2004), 45.
Prayer of Confession today at this church, pastored by Dr. Meyers:
"Lord of Life, help us to remember that faith does not come by seeing, or by hearing, or by touching -- but as a derivative of grace. Like Thomas, we have our doubts, but apparently God loves doubters too. The resurection is not just for eye-witnesses. It is for all of us who believe that God has the last word. In Christ's name we pray, Amen."
About two hours after I posted this today, I was pissy, self-defensive, jealous, impatient and a jerk in general, again, to somebody at work. If he sees this, I apologize, again.
It took you two whole hours?
Quite commendable actually.
I therefore consider the choice of, doing over doctrine, one of them there false dichotomies you heard about this morning.
That's how I see at any rate.
Some people around this joint seem to believe that what one believes trumps all else.
I think that if you're going to err to an extreme, striving to *do* is better for all concerned than professing a belief.
I believe the people at the Jesus House (downtown OKC mission) are in need of food, clothing and prayer. So what, if I don't give, or go help, or pray?
Christians don't have the market cornered on truth, for we all see thropugh a glass darkly, or on doing good.
We can argue with the est of thw world about truth or get along by doing good one to another.
Oh, and it took two hours because I was alone until my coworker came in. It's easy to be kind one to another when there is no other.
Faith and Deeds
14 What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? 15 Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to him, "Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
18 But someone will say, "You have faith; I have deeds."
Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do.
19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.
20 You foolish man, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? 21 Was not our ancestor Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. 23 And the scripture was fulfilled that says, "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness," and he was called God's friend. 24 You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone.
25 In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction? 26 As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.