Heard at Café: 1/31/2017

On Tuesday night, the Café crowd had to choose between two songs to be part of the ongoing soundtrack of the semester. It was a match-up for the history books:
"Waiting On the World to Change" by John Mayer vs. "Man in the Mirror" by Michael Jackson...

and the winner was.....

While John Mayer takes a more passive approach to the troubles of the world, the King of Pop challenges us to be the change we want to see. As he says in the song, "If you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself then make a change."

Jeremy then connected the lyrics of "Man in the Mirror" to the way we should approach faith. It's often easier to take a passive/"Waiting On the World to Change" approach, but God ultimately wants a lot more from us than just waiting around for something good to happen. We talked about the idea of faith expressing itself in love... an easy thing to say, but a lot harder to actually do. As James tells us in the New Testament:
James 2:14-26 NIV
14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”
Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. 19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.
20 You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? 21 Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. 23 And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend. 24 You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone. 25 In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction? 26 As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.
While we can tell people what we believe, the Bible tells us that God wants us to live in a way that shows people who Jesus is, representing him through our words AND actions. We are called to have "Man in the Mirror" faiths, to press into sometimes uncomfortable situations for the betterment of others, and to show people that they are loved and that they matter.

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