Social media has become the place where people share inspirational and feel-good quotes for their friends to enjoy. Many of the posts are in fact good messages. However, I saw the worst one I have ever seen recently. This ‘inspirational’ quote, which I believe has wide approval in our culture, has the power to devastate lives for eternity.
“What matters most is not the source of faith, but the existence of it.”
Contrary to the tolerant and unoffensive nature of this quote, it is a lie. Further, this message is one that has eternal ramifications. The truth is that although it is presented as something which should make everyone feel good, it should turn our stomachs.
In one of my favorite stories from the life of Paul we see him walk into the city of Athens and begin noticing the religious milieu. Acts 17:16 says, “Now while Paul was waiting for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him as he saw that the city was full of idols.” As we go through the various activities of our lives and we notice slogans or beliefs such as the one I ran across recently, our spirit should be provoked within us as was the Apostle Paul’s.
The truth is that the only thing that matters is the source of our faith. I can believe all day long, with the strongest existence of faith, that I will be able to walk on water, yet I will be setting myself up for failure because the source of my faith is limited in countless ways.
Misdirected faith is worthless faith. There is only One perfect source of faith. Jesus Christ who came and suffered an undeserved punishment on our behalf became the only source which can place us as reconciled before our Creator.
In the spirit of love and compassion we must be careful that we do not love people into hopelessness. We need to be so loving and compassionate that we say and display that the source of our faith matters above everything else in our lives.
You may have an incredibly mighty faith in yourself, your spouse, or your bank account, but all of them have limitations which will find you on your journey through life. The only source of faith that is without limits and full of guaranteed promises is Jesus Christ.
Let’s take a moment and ask ourselves, ‘Regardless of the words that we use, is our source of faith truly Jesus Christ?’ It is easy to find ourselves nodding our heads one direction while living in another.