Faith and Figs

Comfort & Challenge

1478054496561.jpgToday’s readings (click below to open in new tab/window):
Psalms 42; 146, Zephaniah 1:14-18, Revelation 14:14-15:8, Luke 13:1-9

One of the most troubling clichés in Christianity is blaming someone’s misfortune on a lack of faith. Many an action contains the seed of its own consequences, and we want to avoid those tragedies, but catastrophes like illness and natural disasters happen to the faithful, the doubtful, and the indifferent in equal measure. We don’t know the details of why or how the tower of Siloam fell and killed eighteen people, but Jesus – unlike many of today’s televangelists – used the tragedy not to shame the victims, but to point out the need for everyone to repent:

Do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others living in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish just as they did.

In other words, don’t put off…

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One thought on “Faith and Figs

  1. I’m glad someone pointed out Luke 13. I was going to do so last 9/11, but I shied away from it. It’s one of the harder sayings of Jesus, because he almost seems detached from our groaning questions; while we’re worried about HOW we go, Jesus is more concerned about WHERE we go.

    I don’t know that I’d say God NEVER causes our sufferings, or even that they’re never caused by lack of faith, but certainly not all are.

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