Christ the King Sunday 2020
The Surprising Message of the Sheep and the Goats
There is an unpremeditated, inherent, intuitive character about faith. Faith is like a spontaneous reflex, which responds in certain ways to certain stimuli. It is the nature of faith to see things from particular perspectives, to act in specific ways. And someone without faith does likewise, responding to life instinctively from that lack of faith.
The sun shines. Apple trees produce apples. Everything in creation acts according to its nature, and there is this same organic, naturally expressive character with faith or lack of faith. Last week we learned the verse, “The only thing that matters is faith working through love,” from Galatians 5:6. Paul is not saying there, OK, you have faith, now you have to add love to it. No, he is saying is if you have faith it will naturally and normally work itself out in acts of genuine love toward others. Faith works through love. That is the very nature of faith. That is what faith is made of. That’s what faith is, that’s what faith does. As Martin Luther put it: Faith “is a living, creative, active and powerful thing. …Faith cannot help doing good works constantly. …it is just as impossible to separate faith and works as it is to separate heat and light from fire!”