Complacency

Complacency and faith do not go well together.

Unfortunately however, complacency and faith are too often closely linked.

An example could look like this:  a faithful Christian decides to be diligent in reading their Bible daily and going to church every Sunday – a great thing!  However, this person soon realizes their personal and diligent faith practices are rare among friends…and, by human nature, begins to judge the faith of others for not doing what he/she is doing.  Unfaithful thoughts emerge supporting their personal acts of faith as more than others.  Therefore, this person reasons, I’m certainly doing enough.

Complacency has taken a seat right beside faith!  We read in the Book of James (2:17) “Faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.”

In this Sunday’s gospel reading (Matt. 21:23-32) Jesus speaks directly to the issue of complacency and faith.  He even goes so far as saying to the devout chief priests and elders “the tax collectors and the prostitutes are going into the kingdom of God ahead of you.”

Faith– Good Works = Complacency

AND

Complacency = Dead Faith.

As Lutherans we teach and believe firmly that good works do not equate with salvation.  God certainly does not need our good works.

But the world does.

Am I complacent?

 

 

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