"So then, you will know them by their fruits." Matthew 7:20
"Even a child is known by his actions, by whether his conduct is pure and right." Proverbs 20:11
Since coming to seminary, we have had many eye opening experiences. I'm going to be honest here and say what I've said many times to Paul that if this (meaning the people here) is the "body of Christ" then I'm not so certain I want to be part of it.
Of course thoughts like these tend to isolate me, because on the surface everyone wants to come across as being the epitome of spiritual maturity and Christian love. No wonder Gandhi said "I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ." I have to admit that I feel much the same as him.
It is difficult to try to teach your children to act with integrity and to be conscious of the testimony that they are living out when we are living in a place that is shrouded in self serving and self promoting politics.
But we haven't lost faith. There are a few folks we've come across that are living out genuine faith right in front of us. They are quiet. They are struggling. They are raising their children by their examples; to "act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God." (Micah 6:8)
To those of you who are doing just that, thank you.