Sermons on James 2

The Resounding Volume of Actions

Preached FCCW, September 9, 2018

James 2:1-10, 14-17


It’s not every day that you walk away from a stand-up comedy show with an epiphany about religion and morality.

But, it can happen.

It happened to me, when a nationally known comedian shared with his audience his personal take on the relationship between his moral beliefs and his behavior.

He said: “I have a lot of beliefs.… And I live by none of them. I just like believing them—I like that part. They make me feel good about who I am. But if they get in the way of a thing I want, I just do what I want to do.”

James, who was not a stand-up comic, but who was the brother of Jesus and a pretty big deal in the early days of the Church, didn’t find anything funny about this kind of disjointed spirituality.