Pulpit Reflections By Ed Anderson I've heard a lot of complaints lately about the weather. We like to complain when the weather gets too cold. We also like to complain in the summertime when the weather is too hot. I guess maybe we just like to complain. Or maybe we like things in balance.
In the Bible, the story of Mary and Martha from Luke's gospel tells us about a struggle to be balanced. Mary sat at the Lord's feet and listened, Martha was busy preparing everything to serve. Martha complained to Jesus about Mary. Jesus commended Mary and reprimanded Martha. Martha was fussing too much and getting worked up over nothing. Mary had chosen the main course � learning from the Lord.
And yet we know that we need to have a balance between being and doing � between learning and actions. "Faith without works is dead," James wrote. But so also is works without faith. Words without deeds are dead. We need to strike a balance between learning from the Word of God and doing the work of God. One fuels the other.
But for too many, there is a disconnect between the two. You've heard the comments. "I don't need to go to church to be a Christian." Or, "I can worship God out here on the golf course." But the other side is just as unbalanced. "I come to church every week, what more do you want?" Or, "I just don't have the time to help out at the Welcome Table." You get the picture.
This weekend, bring yourself to one of our many fine local congregations to hear God's word and sing God's praise. Don't just bring yourself, bring your family and friends. But don't just stop there. Next week find a way to volunteer out in our community or in our world. Show God and the world that what you have learned has truly taken root.