• Dan Strunk

Quarantined Faith

Quarantine- to prevent the spread of disease by limiting contact with those around you.

A lockdown has been placed on our lives. Interruptions to our work, school, vacation, and bank account continue to conquer the news feeds, but are there other interruptions we should be paying more attention to?

The idea behind a lockdown is to prevent the spread of a disease by limiting contact between people who have it and those who do not, and in my humble opinion, it just makes sense. Viruses need a host, and spread when passed between people. If you can successfully limit the spread, it will die.

A virus and faith have one major thing in common. Without action, both die.

What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do? So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.

- James 2:14-17

While skipping unnecessary Target runs may be the closest thing to quarantine that any of us ever experience; there is still no denying, lifestyle changes come as an inconvenience. The idea of not being able to do what you want is frustrating, even when it is for the greater good.

Rather than a virus; suppose a governor ordered you to quarantine your faith and not spread it. Imagine if living out your faith at work, school, or the grocery store was made illegal, would there be as much disruption to your routine as you are experiencing now? Would people notice a difference in you if you suddenly weren’t allowed to act out your faith?

How you answer might depend on how much you currently live out your faith. Many people I meet claim to have a faith, but when asked how faith impacts their day, few have an immediate response. I find that many people are content with just having some kind of faith, and I think just as many people have been deceived into not living by any kind of faith. I compare this kind of faith to a spare tire kept in the trunk. Many are content knowing a spare is on board, but never really think about it, and hope they never have to use it. A faith that is just on board, but not lived out is a quarantined faith. A quarantined faith will not grow, does not spread, and cannot save.

You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror. How foolish! Can’t you see that faith without good deeds is useless?

- James 2:19

Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works.

- James 2:26

It is not enough to just believe in God, even Demons do that! During this time when our lives seem interrupted by a quarantine, let us seek out unique ways that we can go beyond just believing, and let us pray for ways to share, strengthen, and walk by faith. After all, faith is something worth sharing!

Faith step:

“How does your faith impact your life on a daily basis?”

Prayerfully reflect on this question, and ask God for the courage to seek out activities that will build your faith. Comment below with things you do that strengthen your faith.

For we walk by faith, not by sight.


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