Monday, June 06, 2005

Why do people do good stuff?

Something I've been brewing on for a while is the eloquently written title to this blog post. It was brought up again today when I saw so so many people doing so much awesome stuff in their communities, and seemingly not motivated by an articulated faith.

I am motivated in my job as a youth worker to love people as Jesus would, to invite them into the richness of following Him and see it as an essential outworking of that faith that I help those less fortunate than myself.

But what motivates those who would not claim to have such a faith? No doubt there a re a number of reasons, but this is i believe the underlying one.

That all people, no matter their faitha llegiance, are created in the Image of a Loving, Caring, Righteously Angry, Passionate God, and when people seek to stand up for those who in that moment may seem to be less fortunate, that is a practical outworking of that God which is within all of us.

3 comments:

Duncan said...

Martin Robinson, in his book, "Faith of the Unbeliever" reminds us that people may have faith even though they don't believe in a God. People have values and express them without having to tie them to a sense of God.

But from our perspective, yes we can see the signs of God's presence in their lives.

Tab said...

Intersting post. I'm currently doing an assignment - basically the image of God in humans - which is exploring this theme. Can I use your post in it pls?

Digger said...

Teah no worries Tab, thats cool. Pass it on when you're finished, i wouldn't mind checking it out. Cheers