Why Should We Do What The Bible Says?
While visiting Israel on a 10-day trip, I became very sick and couldn’t participate in the tour on the day the group was going to see the Wailing Wall.
The Wailing Wall (also called the Western Wall) is a sacred site as it’s a remnant of the ancient wall that surrounded the Jewish Temple’s courtyard. It’s called the Wailing Wall because Jews have gathered here to lament the loss of their temple. Visitors from all over the world and many different religions come to pray and stuff written prayers into the cracks of the wall. A dividing screen separates the women from the men, in keeping with Orthodox Jewish tradition.
I was happy that my mom could still be part of the day and could tell me all about her experience upon her return.
The group returned to the hotel around dinner time and mom filled me in on her adventures. She found the experience of touching the wall and putting her prayers on a piece of paper to slip into a crack in the wall an incredible experience.
However, she expressed disappointment at the behaviour of some people around her. Although many consider it a holy place and come to pray, Mom shared that some people were rude and downright pushy. They actually shoved others out of their way to get to the wall. This behaviour felt so contradictory to the beauty and reverence of the location that it stained my mom’s experience.
It made me wonder about our own behaviour as Christians at home. Do we honk at other cars in traffic just to get to church on time? Are we short with our children, grumpy and agitated on our way to church?
The disciple, James, says that our behaviour reflects our faith. If we claim to be Christian, our behaviour needs to portray Christ seven days a week, not just the hour we’re in the sanctuary. We will be blessed when we do what the Bible tells us and act as Jesus did.
” My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.” James 1: 19-25