11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.
Back on Wednesday, we had two news items with religious angles; the big Torah reading-club celebration at the Meadowlands and Chick-fil-A day. One represents a daily devotion to studying God and one represents... chowing down on well-loved sandwiches and waffle-fries whilst figuratively striking a blow in the culture war.
This caption hit home this morning from the latter;"You'd never see that many Christians lined up to help at a food bank or homeless shelter, and that something Jesus actually said to do." Granted, that was a MoveOn snipe at the festivities and quite a few of the folks in line do such things as well, but the efforts on Wednesday were a low cost way to make an ideological statement rather than a deeper extention of the Gospel.
How eager are we to do good? Not just seen to be doing good, but doing something that makes a long-term difference.