Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Faith and Prayer

I read this article about rape in the Democratic Republic of Congo and was reminded of some of my deeply held beliefs.

1. Faith does not protect people from harm.
Any version of Christianity that indicates otherwise is little more than pagan superstition. From my days in the AOG, I've lost count of the number of times I heard someone say (not suggest, not imply) that some personally beneficial thing would happen (promotion at work, new car, meet the girl of my dreams, etc.), because they had faith. This kind of pseudo-Christianity has no strength for Christians in the DRC.

2. The church is the incarnation of God
If it is true that we pray for God's will to be done in our lives, then it is true that we pray for God's will to be done through our lives. We are the hands and feet of God, to make manifest the divine in this world. "Deliver us from evil" and "your will be done" are the kinds of prayers that demand obedience to the one who would answer them. Even worse... how dare we pray for something trivial (a convenient car park, anyone?) when this kind of evil still prevails?

Faith and prayer are important, but mean nothing without the actions to answer those prayers through faithful obedience.
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