In the late 1960s, I marched with brothers and sisters of my home church, Memorial Lutheran in Nevada, Iowa, from the church building where I knelt to receive my first communion and knelt again to seal my wedding vows, to a new church building about a mile away. This was not a protest march, but one that showed how an active congregation had outgrown one facility and took on a huge debt to provide room for more people to worship.
When I walked through the door to the sanctuary, the first thing I saw was a long, colorful banner adorning the wall behind the altar. The words at the center of the banner remain imprinted in my mind: “In our era, the road to holiness necessarily passes through the road of action,” along with the words in large print: GO and DO.
I always thought this quote came from the book of James. However, I find it was written by Dag hammarskjôld in his book “Markings.” He explained HOLINESS not a state but a journey; not private but social, and not passive but active.
Perhaps Dag hammarskjôld borrowed the concept of faith and holiness from the book of James.
I visited Memorial a year ago, and the banner remains on the wall where it proclaims the mission of the church.
Lord, help us remember faith drives good works. Amen.