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As of August 6, 2020
I think it is important for us to read what the bible actually says about having REAL FAITH vs FAKE FAITH.
1. REAL FAITH is More Than Just What I SAY
- JESUS: “Dear brothers and sisters, what's the use of SAYING you have faith if you don't prove it by your actions? That kind of faith can't save anyone!” James 2:14
- JESUS: “Not everyone who SAYS that I am their Lord is going to enter the kingdom of heaven. The only people who’ll enter heaven are those who DO what my Father in heaven want. Matthew 7:21
2. REAL FAITH is More Than EMOTIONS I Feel
“Suppose you see a brother or sister who needs food or clothing, and you say to them, ‘I wish you well! I FEEL FOR YOU and I hope you stay warm and eat well!’ but then you DO nothing to meet their needs. What good does your sympathy DO? It’s worth nothing! In the same way, faith, if it is not accompanied by action, doesn’t work. It’s dead and useless!” James 2:15-17
3. REAL FAITH is More Than An Idea I DEBATE
“Now someone may argue, ‘Isn’t it possible that some people have good faith while other people DO good deeds?’ But I say, ‘No! I can't see your real faith if you don't DO any real deeds to SHOW ME!’ In contrast, I CAN SHOW YOU my faith by the good things I DO!” James 2:18
4. REAL FAITH is More Than The Truth I BELIEVE
“Now, you say ‘Well, I BELIEVE there is a God,’ and I say ‘Good for you!’ But even the demons believe THAT and are afraid! It’s foolish to not realize that faith in God is useless if you don’t DO what he wants you to DO.” James 2:19-20
5. REAL FAITH is Something I DO
“Just as a body without a spirit doesn’t breathe and is dead, so faith that doesn't DO anything is just as dead!” James 2:26
We have witnessed an individual posing for a photo op holding a bible for everyone to see while giving instructions to clear out peaceful protestors in order get to that location to shoot that photo op. It is amazing to watch people who call themselves Christians buy into this type of a scheme and completely fall for mere appearances of being good, or FAKE FAITH.
Back in June, before the infection rate exploded in Texas, Governor Greg Abbott announced that schools would open in August and would be required to provide in-person instruction five days a week. The Texas Tribune reported at the time that Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath added that it would be “safe for Texas public school students, teachers and staff to return to school campuses for in-person instruction this fall.”
Morath doubled down on July 7th by announcing that public schools would have to reopen for in-person classes in August if they want to receive state funding, despite the fact that the virus was clearly out of control. This might have been the tipping point for some teachers, including Jessica Schwinn, who wrote on Twitter that “teachers are writing wills, getting medical power of attorney established, and taking out extra life insurance.”
Teachers, parents, lawmakers, and students are all in agreement that distance learning is an inferior way to teach and learn when compared to in-person instruction, but a report from the Kaiser Family Foundation reveals that around 1.5 million teachers are at higher risk of serious illness if they were to contract COVID-19, as CNN reports. Furthermore, children are not immune to catching or spreading the disease. New York saw dozens of children hospitalized with symptoms of a rare and serious illness after they were exposed to the novel coronavirus.
This is an incredibly complex issue, but there are already teachers becoming infected and dying at schools that were holding classes over the summer. Tens of thousands of teachers undoubtedly fall into the high-risk category in Texas, and they will be putting their lives on the line if schools do fully reopen next month.
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