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Part of the difficulty is our failure to grasp the idea that salvation does not depend upon anything we do. It can't, or it wouldn't be salvation. We don't perform our way to heaven. In a very real way, the whole notion of performance cheapens or trivializes what Jesus did on the cross.
But then St. James comes along like a good Missourian and says "Show me." He's not telling us to perform. What he is saying is that our faith - our living faith - will naturally flow outward. Works is an expression of real faith, and it's not performance where we expect applause. What is it, then? Acts of charity, hope, love, encouragement, healing, teaching, preaching.
"Activist Faith: From Him and For Him" explains how that works. And more than that, Activist Faith provides an array of possibilities for faith to flow outward naturally to helping meet people's needs and in so doing being a witness to them.
Written by Dillon Burroughs, Daniel Darling and Dan King, "Activist Faith" simply and concisely describes12 ways faith can be put to work.
Who was it who fought slavery o extinction in Great Britain? Christians. Who led the way and continues to provide the major impetus for ending human trafficking today? Christians.
Do you care about immigration and border issues, and not only upholding the law but also ministering to the people who often risk everything (legally and illegally) to slip in the United States? "Activist Faith" has some ideas for you.
What about poverty, and those people Jesus said would be with us always? Can their needs be met? Are the poor indeed with us always? Read "Activist Faith."
Interested in breaking the welfare-entitlement mentality? Environmental issues? Disaster relief? Caring for the homeless in the fullest sense of "caring"? Abortion? Or war and genocide? Or religious freedom (do you know about the pastor imprisoned by Iran simply because he refuses to renounces his faith?). Or the family, or problems with prisoners, or orphans?
"Activist Faith" has suggestions, ideas and practical things you can do.
The book is filled with examples of real people doing small (and something large) and extraordinary things. We don't have to be Charles Colsons to make a difference in prisons, and we don't have to be a celebrity to get involved in something that matters. We can do things that express our faith, that say who we are as Christians, and testify whom we stand for.
"Activist Faith" is a practical book, an encouraging book, and a hopeful book. Read it - and find a way to make your faith come alive.
So they said, "Let us rise up and build." Then they set their hands to this good work. (Nehemiah 2:18 NKJV)
And that there is what the new book, "Activist Faith: From Him and For Him," by Burroughs, Darling, and King does - it helps us to better rise up and build right here and right now. Not later. Not when we have more money. Not when we have more free time. Not when we have more seminary training. Right. Now.
Together, these three men cover twelve topics, among them modern-day slavery, immigration, disaster relief, homelessness, prisons, and orphan care.
"My challenge to you is this: Learn all you can. Discover what is causing the problem and the underlying factors involved ... Then act. Do something. The world is waiting for you to do as my friend Charles says: `Don't watch the news. Do something that makes the news.'" (Burroughs, Dillon, Darling; 2013)
Yes, yes, each chapter of "Activist Faith" gives its readers excellent resources and practical tips on how you, me, and everyone from sea to shining sea, can put the rubber to the road in our journey as Christians. But wait, there is more! Much, much more. Each chapter unfolds as if you, the reader, sat across the dinner table from the authors... clanking forks, passing `round the bread basket, ya know, supping with friends, all while listening to each man as he tells his tale.
And shares the individual cries of his heart.
And reminds us of what the Word of God says about not only the least of these among us, but of our duties, from Him and for Him.
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