Not whatever — ‘these things should not be so’

consistencyDoes it make a difference how we behave in the world? How we act and speak? Will God’s grace take care of everything, or do we need to pay attention to the details of faith? Do we have a whatever faith?

These things should not be so, my brothers and sisters.
James 3:10b NET

James refuses to accept a Christian’s inconsistency. It’s an unacceptable state to God. God is light and in him there is no darkness (1 John 1:5). How then can his children allow a mixture of good and evil, of praise to God and cursing one’s neighbor?

Many Christians are like a faction of the ancient Gnostics, who believed that the body was evil by nature, so the spirit, which was good, could ignore it, let it do whatever. So they delivered their bodies up to immorality. Many Christians think that words mean nothing, that they can throw them out thoughtlessly, that they can therefore say anything they want.

For God, a word is an act. Our words will be judged, as well as our actions. Jesus said, “I tell you that on the day of judgment, people will give an account for every worthless word they speak” (Matthew 12:36).

Does that sound like something that doesn’t matter? It most certainly does matter, and how! No whatever faith here!

Father, give me your light, so that the darkness may not dominate me, so that I may be consistent in word and action. Help me to give attention to every area of my faith. Because Christ died for me. Amen.


2 Replies to “Not whatever — ‘these things should not be so’”

  1. Who are these Christians that subscribe to Gnostic philosophy? I don’t think I know any in my personal sphere of acquaintances. Are there organized “Christian” groups like this?

  2. Hi, Emmett, the reference to Gnostics was a comparison. Not that Christians are following Gnosticism. They’re by words like the Gnostics were by the body.

What do you think?