There have been times I’ve turned off the news or put down the newspaper because the devastation was too much, especially for an empath like me. I internalize tragedy and feel powerless when I can’t create immediate, impactful change. I also feel immense guilt for the privilege of turning a temporary blind eye to the perils of the world. During those times of overwhelming sadness and subsequent guilt, I dive into my prayer life because I know that I can only control so much, but I can leave the rest to God.
In all situations, whether dire times or the everyday challenges of life, we must hold strong to our faith. However, we must remember that faith without works is dead: “In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead” (James 2:17 NIV). Faith is designed to show our obedience to Christ, but in times like the burning rainforest in Brazil to the violent outbreaks across America, God is not only encouraging us to hold steady to our faith but also refuse to turn a blind eye.
To elicit change, we must pursue Christ through prayer life and align our actions with His.
Sure, my empathetic nature propels me to cover my eyes and ears, because my heart aches at the sight of our hurting brothers and sisters, but as believers in Christ, we have a responsibility to put our faith to work. I can’t and should not feel as if I can afford not to put my faith to work because this is my mission in Christ—to live my purpose according to His Will, to help others in their time of need, and to leave this earth better than I found it.
Christians are known to believe, but we must be known to act, too. When you believe it, you live it…
Christ not only wants us to believe, but He encourages us to act and display His grace and willingness to help others. Believers are tangible signs from God that a fruitful, faith-filled harvest is in motion.
One of the greatest examples of putting faith into action is David. David had a lofty goal to defeat Goliath, and he had the faith to match, too. Well, David put his faith to work, and he defeated Goliath. When we truly believe, we feel and act. I’m sure people thought David was out of his mind for facing Goliath, but his faith led him to believe otherwise. David’s faith exemplifies God’s intention to demand action in our lives, to believe and live your beliefs.
During the ongoing tragedies in our world, pray about the devastation and then examine how you can contribute to improving these situations. Demonstrate a willingness to support your faith with action. Do not live in opposition and do not turn a blind eye. If you haven’t guessed, I’m talking to myself. Gone are the days of tuning out reality. I want my faith to exemplify Jesus’ presence in my life, and I want my life to be an example of His message.
Christians are known to believe, but we must be known to act, too. When you believe it, you live it, and I pray that we can band together, make our faith come alive, and impact this world in a powerful way.