Tuesday, 14 February 2012

It's Christianity, not faith-ianity, thanks!

Typical head-line: "Faith can be positive for society, says David Cameron"

This comment is nothing to do with David Cameron - it's just he happens to be named in this head-line. I haven't clicked through to the story yet. But I don't need to, because I've seen enough of them to know what's around...

Christians don't have faith in faith. They have faith in Jesus Christ, the living Son of God.

We don't particularly believe that faith per se is beneficial. We believe that the power and presence of the resurrected Jesus is beneficial.

Now, how can Christians who want to see their faith Saviour accurately represented get that message through to the media-gatekeepers who write these stories and head-lines...?

1 comment:

Ned Kelly said...

Unfortunately, this type of media headline is little different to the medical profession claiming that people of faith have a better rate of recovery from illness. They simply equate faith with the power of positive thinking.
As you say, we need to continue to remind ourselves of in whom we have faith, and to do what.
No point in having faith in Jesus, if we have no idea of what it is we expect Him to do for us. Similarly, it is meaningless to say that God is faithful, if we have no idea of what that means.
Faith has become spiritualised, rather than grounded in historical fact, and the demonstrated faithfulness of God.
The Jesus narrative, conveyed in the Gospels, is as much about the experienced reality of His time, as it is about the spiritual promises.