Saturday, 15 March 2014

Where Does Your Faith Lie?


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"Where is your faith?"
(Luke 8:25)

Every once in a while I come across a little nugget that makes me pause and say, “Hmm.” That happened again today as I made my way through the last chapter of a book I received this past Christmas.

The question, though simple, is at the same time really quite profound, and one could easily ask all sorts of other similar questions.

Where does your faith lie?

Does your faith lie in your church? Does your faith lie in your constitutional right to bear arms? Does your faith lie in the legalization of marijuana? Does your faith lie in the rainbow flag and all that it represents? Does your faith lie in your nation's flag? Does your faith lie in sports? Does your faith lie in that shinny new Harley? Does your faith lie in Jesus and Him alone?

Like I said, a simple question, yet at the same time, really quite profound. However, for me it begs another question: Does our faith sometimes lean towards idolatry? Hmm.
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Where does your faith lie? 
Does your faith lie in the belief that the universe was created in six twenty-four-hour days?
Does your faith lie in there being an ark on Mount Ararat?
Does your faith lie in the notion that the next politician you vote for will not support the next war?
Does your faith lie in the hope that heaven is full of people like you?
Does your faith lie in the free market?
Does your faith lie in scientific rationalism?
Does your faith lie in your own ability to discern the mind of God?
Does your faith lie in your tradition being closer to the truth than another?
Does your faith lie in the virgin birth?
Does your faith lie in a balanced diet and exercising?
Does your faith lie in maintenance of the status quo?
Does your faith lie in your beloved eventually coming to their senses and taking you back?
Does your faith lie in a hell beyond this life for those who didn’t accept Jesus Christ?
Does your faith lie in your job?
Does your faith lie in financial savings?
Does your faith lie in liberalism?
Does your faith lie in your own good intentions?
Where does your faith …
Where does your faith …
Lie?
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I didn't see that coming. “Where does your faith lie?” or “Does your faith lie?” That’s what I call an interesting and yet troubling double-entendre.

Source: Jon Hatch, as edited and retold by Peter Rollins in “The Idolatry of God,” (p. 186-187)

1 comment:

  1. That's what I call asking the right questions! Thanks for sharing :)

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