From a Creighton Student's Perspective
October 15, 2011
Mary Clare Lally
Sophomore, Business and Theology Double Major
Obedience to this command is much easier said than done. We do not want to verbalize our faith because we fear judgment. We are afraid to make it known that we are religious because we think others will not want to be around us. Sometimes, putting on that cross in the morning can be difficult because we do not want to offend our non-Christian peers.
Yes, God made a pact that he would never leave his people in the Book of Exodus. Jesus promised those who followed him a place next to his Father in Heaven. But how can we be so sure he is truly the way? Our friends encourage us to fall into the temptations of mainstream culture. We think to ourselves, 'our friends are here. Our friends are real, tangible, and dependable.' We can be sure that they will always be there for us. God, on the other hand, we cannot see. It is more difficult to listen to the words of someone we cannot see.
Believing without seeing is called faith. As today's first reading, taken from Romans 4, states, we must have the faith of Abraham. Abraham was an elderly man who was told he would have many descendants, and became the father of many nations. We must remember that the Lord has promised good things for those who believe and that he remembers his promise yesterday, today, and forever. Challenges in our faith lives may arise, but it is necessary to push through and remember that Christ is truly the way, the truth, and the life.
When we are afraid to make it known that we are Christian, when we are afraid to openly live our faith, it is vital to remember that God is there, he cares, and he has asked us to believe. He is truly the way, the truth, and the life, and those who follow him will be ultimately rewarded. It may not seem like it now, but his covenant is so much greater than any promise the material world could ever offer.
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