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How Will Things Get Better?

March 25, 2020

Things have to turn around. They have to get better,” says one character to another on Colony, S3E13.

The other responds, “I don’t know. What are we doing to make it better?

— Complaining is easy. Lots of people are gold medalists at it.

But whatever we’re complaining about, change starts when we ask ourselves, What are we doing to make it better?

One writer didn’t waste any time or pull any punches —.

Do you think you’ll get anywhere in this if you learn all the right words but never do anything?

Does merely talking about faith indicate that a person really has it?

— But wait. There’s more —

For instance, you come upon an old friend dressed in rags and half-starved and say, “Good morning, 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?

— “Hold up, Joe. This was written by a United Methodist, right?”

Let’s keep going —

I can already hear one of you agreeing by saying, “Sounds good. You take care of the faith department, I’ll handle the works department.”

Not so fast. You can no more show me your works apart from your faith than I can show you my faith apart from my works.

Faith and works, works and faith, fit together hand in glove.

— That’s James 2:14-18 in The Message version of The Bible.

And that’s pretty clear.

So…whatever we see that needs improvement, what are we doing to make it better?

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