:: Running Free by Angela Ferreira ::
I am often asked why I don’t regularly attend church if I am such a firm believer. Because I hate school and being lectured, like any worthwhile child does. And church these days feels like a gross mixture of the two. Boring, dry, dead.
The preachers I’ve seen preach the Word like it’s an old fable or moral lesson. They do not preach how it is alive and to be lived each day of our lives – literally. ‘If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.’
We must act. Not put on a dress or suit, go to church and then leave like all is right with the world. It is not alright. People are suffering right here in America and more fall into this category everyday. You do not need to send money to Africa or the Red Cross, you need to slip your bag boy a fifty. Or pay for the single mother’s groceries you see in line ahead of you. Get creative, there are countless ways to give in the misery all around us. Just open your eyes and hearts. ‘Tis better to give than to receive.’ Truth.
‘I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ Find someone poorly dressed and take them shopping for a new outfit at Target. Take your elderly parents out of the nursing home and find a way to look after them at home. Become pen-pals with an inmate, keep them company and go visit them eventually. Do these things – literally. That is what it means to be a believer. Act. Do. Share.
‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Find a way to express this sentiment. A new way. Reality is what you make it. Tupac pointed out, “Reality is wrong, dreams are for real.” If you dream of a better world, as we all do, it is in your hands. The bible is a guide to a better way, but it must be done. We have to do it. Each of us. Now or never.