“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” James 1:22
The book of James is interesting in its call for true Christianity. In the New Testament period, James saw a need to call for an authentic faith that worked itself out in the life of the believer. The people to whom James wrote were clearly hearing and entertaining the voices of the world… those who called for a Christianity that did not require much. James appeal was for each to listen to the one voice of Christ and increase maturity displaying a true, living faith.
In today’s society, the call is still the same. Scripture cries out for mature Christians who live out their faith. However, it seems that as modern Christianity encounters the culture it becomes weak. What is exciting seems bland. What is delightful gives the impression of being dull. Christianity seems to have lost its appeal to not only the outside world but to many in the church. Let us not return to a Christianity of the past or to an America of yesteryear but let us restore the Church to its intended role, a gathering of disciples of Christ. Let us not look to the culture or our tradition to define our purpose, rather, let us look to the Bible to see God’s definition of Christianity.
If the church is to overcome its lackluster reputation it will begin by living out our faith… let each of us who call ourselves Christ-followers, by the way we walk, introduce our breathtaking Savior to a world desperately in need.