‘Keep alert, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.’
As part of the Test of Faith course exploring science and Christianity that we ran for AL16HT in June we had the chance to do a very simple personal lifestyle audit. There were questions on what we buy, recycle, use and support. You scored yourself and then fell into one of the following brackets:
0-16 Being a Christian doesn’t impact on your lifestyle or thinking about these issues too much. Choose an issue which interests you and discover how you can make a difference.
17-32 You’re thinking about making a di erence, but getting around to it remains a challenge. It’s me to do those things you’ve been putting off .
32-48 Your lifestyle refiects that you have made changes. Challenge yourself to nd out more and keep going!
if you would like the audit then I would be very happy to let you have a copy, there are some in church, but it strikes me that these are also very good questions to ask ourselves anyway about our Chris an lifestyles.
Jo Cox’s death has made a huge impact for many reasons, but one of those reasons is that here was someone who dedicated her life to making a di difference, for championing hope and confronting hatred. As Christians we also believe that love is stronger than evil and that this belief should be apparent in and through our lives -
“But someone will say, ‘You have faith and I have works.’ Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” James 2:18
In this holiday season perhaps we will have me to think about the lifestyle audit or even just the title - ‘What on earth am I doing?’
But don’t let it spoil what I hope will be a relaxing holiday season!