Actions speak louder than words


Published: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.

The Bible tells us in James 2:18 that "But someone will say, You have faith, and I have works. Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works."

There is nothing more pleasing to God than our faith.

However, as it has been said, we need to put feet to our faith. What does this mean? It means that actions speak louder than words.

I am certain that all of us by now are aware of the death of Trayvon Martin.

I am also sure that many of us have heard of Marissa Alexander of Jacksonville, the Florida mom who received 20 years for firing a gun to warn her husband to stop abusing her.

In both of these cases, it appears that the outcome was not what many expected, especially in the case of Trayvon Martin.

However, as believers, we must keep the faith, maintain our integrity, and know that God is aware of what is going on and He has not ignored the prayers of those of us who want fairness and justice to prevail.

However, God is not looking for us to just sit down and wait for change, but He is expecting us to become a part of that change.

Let me give you an example of what I am talking about. I personally prayed for the family of Trayvon Martin because I realized how difficult it had to be for them to lose a son. I have three sons of my own and would not want to lose any one of them.

However, I did not just pray for the family of Trayvon Martin. I also took action by writing my representative in the Florida Legislature, writing the governor, and I will write whoever else I need to write who will look at changing the "Stand Your Ground" law.

I have also decided to participate in any peaceful demonstrations that would help open the eyes of the citizens of this country so they can see that American justice has reversed itself and has gone back to the days before the civil rights movement, which is scary.

My point is simply this. We cannot just pray, have faith, and believe that things will change, but we must also become a part of that change.

As James so wonderfully said it, "Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works ..."

Let me conclude by saying this. As believers, we must never give up hope and know that no matter what happens in this life, we must always maintain our integrity and keep our focus on Christ.

Yet, we must also get busy in our communities by letting people in the community know that change begins with us and the only way change will happen is when we make it happen by taking action.

Therefore, let us not waste a whole lot of time blaming others for what is going on in this world, but let us put some effort and some time in making change a reality.

And since we as believers believe that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us, let us pray that He gives us the strength to take action — which speaks louder than words.

Pastor Ron Jones is pastor of New and Living Way Outreach Ministries at 1145 E. University Ave. in Gainesville.

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