Faith get’s a bad wrap these days. In fact, it seems as if anything immaterial doesn’t carry the same weight as material things in our culture. The basis for much of science is that in order for something to be true or accurate, it must pass the test of being observable, measurable, and repeatable. But this worldview is simply….well, wrong. It is the religion of Scientism. But it’s not very scientific because it can’t even pass its own test.
There are many things that are “real” or “true”, but not scientific, or even logical (I’d argue that love is completely illogical). Last week I saw the movie “Lone Survivor”. It was based on a true story of 4 Navy Seals who showed incredible bravery, love, and courage on a mission in Afghanistan. Only one of the men sent on the mission survived. The story is riveting. Bravery, love, and courage–immaterial attributes. Would anyone say there aren’t such things as bravery, love, and courage? Does courage exist? Is it real? Is there such concept or thing that is so powerful it moves us to action?
We all have a worldview. We ALL do. And in the Christian worldview, we know that the immaterial world is just as true and significant as the material world.
And faith is immaterial. It’s not scientific, but it’s real.
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. Hebrews 11:6
The writer of the book of Hebrews in the Bible recalibrates the whole idea of what it takes to be in healthy alignment towards God. It takes faith. Not giving to the Red Cross or World Vision or your local church. Not serving the poor. Not the guy on the street corner begging for money. Not going door-to-door sharing your faith. It’s faith. Faith alone. And true faith is expressed in action coming from faith. Works without faith are dead and faith without works are dead.
We are currently in a series about faith at NorthCreek Church. It’s life changing. It’s eye-opening. It’s real.
If you’ve lost faith, know you’re faith can grow. You’re invited to find out how.
Sundays at 10am at the Woodinville Movie Theater.