I’ve had a few conversations lately (or read things in church papers) that revolved around an anxiety in Christian action. I for one don’t understand the anxiety, but I’ll try to describe what’s going on.
The concept of Christians doing anything in the faith often seems to be stamped out in fear of a confusion of doing things equaling earning salvation. Sometimes there is a confusion, so I understand the need to keep our minds open and even alert to some degree.
But how far is too far? Have we in fear of Christians thinking they’re going to earn salvation also been stamping out any kind of Christian expression of faith and an active way? Are we encouraging such expression as leaders?
Another point of confusion as far as an anxiety about action is concerned: when concerned with actions leading to salvation, why don’t we ever talk about reading the Word of God as an action we do, walking into the sanctuary were Word and Sacrament usually are as something we do, etc? Why isn’t there an anxiety about those actions?
I don’t think we’re as passive as we often teach. God reaches down and enables us to walk with him but even here God doesn’t force us to walk. He provides all the tools and his presence is always there enabling us, but, in the words of Martin Luther – the faith we have is still our faith.
…just a few ramblings for the moment.