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Response to “Your theology is worthless without action. Serve someone who is fallen. Sacrifice something for another. Do something or shut your mouth!”
August 6, 2010, 9:37 pm
Filed under: 1A - Spiritual Notes

This was my response to a facebook post: “Your theology is worthless without action. Serve someone who is fallen. Sacrifice something for another. Do something or shut your mouth!”

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While I appreciate your sentiment but it lacks grace and does not respect the different functions within the body of Christ. We should never think that a function should be the same for all in the body of Christ.

What about a listening ear, isn’t that love in action, isn’t that a sacrifice of my time for another, doesn’t that demonstrate compassion for someone? Isn’t patience fruit of the Spirit? Must action always be something physical? Didn’t Peter state that there are both speaking and serving gifts within the body of Christ?

If agape love is a verb and it is, then each of fruit of the Spirit are verbs/action because it involves relationships, mutual interaction: joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

“Be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to be angry.” Let us listen to the Spirit and follow what He says. His expression will be however He chooses. I do not care for someone telling me I have to do something because they said so. That moves the body of Christ towards institutionalism and is bullying instead of being about freedom, grace, and functioning.

Christ is about loving sacrificial relationships, He with, to, and through us to one another and each has a different function for the building up of the body of Christ, an expression of Christ to others.

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