Do Good

Anthony (d. 356), one of the original Egyptian monastics leaders, said:

“Our life and our death are with our neighbor. If we do good to our neighbor, we do good to God. If we cause our neighbor to stumble, we sin against Christ.” (Sayings of the Desert Fathers)

Empathy. Compassion. Hospitality. Solidarity with the struggle and well-being of my neighbor. Doing good.

Martin Luther, a Reformer in the 15th century, said:

“God does not need our good works, but our neighbor does.” (Wingren, Luther on Vocation, 10)

This is what the story of Christianity teaches us. This is how genuine Christian faith processes things.

This is what genuine Christian faith is concerned about, not the Christian’s self, but the Christian’s neighbor.

May our faith be genuine.

May we do good.

Photo credit: Mike Friesen who reposted from Kevin Peterson’s post dated May 15, 2019

About Fred

I am a follower of Jesus, husband and father. I am a son, brother, friend, multi-vocational pastor with Williamsburg Christian Church, TEDx alum, ethnographer, community organizer, published author, founder and president of 3e Restoration Inc, and adjunct professor at Rochester University and Regent University. I received my B.S. in Ministry/Bible at Amridge University and my Masters of Religious Education in Missional Leadership (MREML) from Rochester University. I am currently working toward my Doctorate of Ministry in Contextual Theology at Northern Seminary.
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