This post is based off Becca’s talking notes that she used to teach the Jr. High students at IDX, the evening of Sept. 28, 2014
So, what was the curse? They had stolen gold, and because of it, they went numb…to everything. They couldn’t feel, they couldn’t taste, they couldn’t be full, they weren’t human…they were just corpses…dead men walking…zombies.
According to James, we can be just like the pirates.
Dear friends, do you think you’ll get anywhere in this if you learn all the right words but never do anything? Does merely talking about faith indicate that a person really has it? For instance, you come upon an old friend dressed in rags and half-starved and say, “Good morning, friend! Be clothed in Christ! Be filled with the Holy Spirit!” and walk off without providing so much as a coat or a cup of soup—where does that get you? Isn’t it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense? The very moment you separate body and spirit, you end up with a corpse. Separate faith and works and you get the same thing: a corpse.
James 2:14-17, The Message
He says, that even if we call ourselves Christians. If we say we believe all the right things, unless it is coming out in our lives, we might as well be zombies walking around.
What good is it?
What good is it to say, I believe that gossiping is a sin…but to start off a story with, “I don’t think this is gossip, but…did you see what she wore yesterday?”
What good is it to say, I believe that all people are sinners, but that dude over there screwed up REALLY bad.
What good is it to say, that we believe we are loved more than we could ever imagine, by a God who looked at us, pointed and said, “You are mine. I have chosen you, I have a plan for you, I have things you need to do.” If in the next moment we cut ourselves down and call ourselves stupid, or useless, or worthless.
What we saw in the Batman clip last week, and the Pirates clip this week, and more importantly what James is saying in this scripture, is that our faith, our beliefs, don’t mean much to the world unless they are propelling us to something bigger.
A story that is bigger.
A purpose that is bigger than us.
Where is Jesus in it?