as i’m continuing to study the book of james, i realize more and more the connection between what we believe and our day to day actions. james goes so far as to say that the lack of an outward expression of our faith makes our religion worthless!!! (1:26) in fact, we deceive ourselves if we think that don’t live what we believe. i was reading an excerpt from ReJesus where it talks about Shane Claiborne (author of The Irresistable Revolution) taking a survey of a group identifying themselves as “strong followers of Jesus” and asking them, “Did Jesus spend time with the poor?” 80% of the group replied “yes,” while 20% responded “no.” The more baffling and humbling statistic is when the same group was asked if “they spent time with the poor,” only 2% responded that they did. I think that James would call their religion useless. sounds harsh doesn’t it? but it’s truth. even if they were some of the nicest people on the planet, their lack of action makes their religion worth nothing at all.
so… what happens when we read the Bible? do we read it as if it were an entertainment magazine? do we read it to stimulate our minds? or do we know it as the breath of God that gives us life and directs our life? it makes all the difference in the world! it may be the difference between true religion and one that’s worthless. it may be the difference between life and death!
next week, i’m going to be sharing a new initiative that i’m starting over the summer called the “manna” project. if you have been reading my blog and are interested in being a part of changing your community and living our your faith, then stay tuned next week and please invite everyone you know to connect with me here!!! 🙂
Steve (dignitas country director) & tiffany (dignitas executive director) handing out new textbooks yesterday
when people make intentional choices to do so. if you don’t alread know, last year i co-founded a non-profit organization called the dignitas project. we work to help restore dignity that has been lost or taken away by and from children of impoverished communities. our first project is in a slum area in Nairobi, Kenya known as Mathare. we work with the community and help catalyze indigenous leadership that will help improve education and life for the next generation. it’s an incredible privilege to work with some of the most passionate leaders i’ve ever
Students Taking Home New Textbooks
encountered. everyday, these young leaders give everything they have and everything they are to the betterment of Mathare. they are constantly investing the next generation. it’s humbling because i typically serve/volunteer/give out of my excess rather than my core. though some of these leaders may look to me for leadership and insight, i have learned so much from my fellow leaders on the ground. i’m writing to let anyone who reads this know that this week our partner schools have received new textbooks. textbook ratios for our schools were anywhere from 40-100 students to 1 textbook. no, it’s not a typo and yes, it is completely unjust or downright wrong!!! how can we create change? how can we help fight injustice in this world? how can we change the future for children who are radically affected by poverty? by making intentional choices of getting involved. change happens when we change our current course and give ourselves away… take a look at our current cause. we are still trying to raise more money to provide more textbooks. help us change lives today!!! go to our site and blog to donate or check out our cause on facebook…