By: Brittany Fiscus-van Rossum
Romans 4:1-5, 13-17
Reflection—v.5, such faith is reckoned as righteousness
Paul loves talking about faith and righteousness: good Christian words that are used just often enough to have a vague ambiguity about what they mean for us. For even if we know that living faithfully and righteously is essential, Paul gives little constructive advice on how to do this in the real world. In the real world, we encounter many reasons to lose faith, as well as several factors that make it difficult to live righteously. When I think of the resources of showers, meals, and shelter lost to my brothers and sisters as ministries in our area close, I can start to lose faith that God will come through for our community. When I think of the power that the swipe of a pen can have in affecting the lives of countless people seeking refuge, education, or reuniting with family in our country, I can lose faith in the power of God to inspire change. But I do not believe that living faithfully or righteously is about never losing hope or not feeling overwhelmed by the state of affairs. I believe the faithfulness we are called to is the kind that, in the face of injustice and even hopelessness, stirs us to show up anyway because we believe that our God is a God of love and justice. Show up, even when it seems that hope is lost, and in doing so, practice faithfulness and righteousness.
Prayer Holy Spirit, stir our hearts that even in the most difficult of times we may have the strength and courage to ‘show up’ for your people and for justice.