Morals of Clone Wars: 1.2 Rising Malevolence

Moral: “Belief is not a matter of choice, but of conviction.”

There’s a long-used example of faith being like sitting in a chair. We all  have faith in a chair. We believe it’s going to hold us when we sit in it, that it won’t fall apart or collapse or tip over. If someone said they believed in a chair, but never sat in one, then belief isn’t real–it’s just words. The funny thing is that many of us have more faith in furniture than we do in God.

Two more little sayings: (a) going to church doesn’t make you a Christian anymore than sitting in a garage makes you a car; (b) there are no spiritual grandchildren. What these mean is that (a) faith isn’t just about where we go, but what we believe, and (b) we don’t inherit faith from our family.

All this to say that there is a point in our lives where we do choose what we believe. Belief cannot exist without that decision (indeed, if we had no choice, it wouldn’t be faith at all). But belief is more. It is something unwavering. Sure, there may be moments of doubt, but through it all, we remain true to our belief.

James tells us that faith without deeds is dead. When we truly believe, we are bound by our convictions that come through that faith and we live them out. Our faith isn’t just something we believe, but something we believe and do. It’s how we live.


~ by Dave on January 6, 2010.

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