Friday, May 19, 2006

The object of our faith


Growing up most of us were taught respect for police officers, and rightfully so. Police officers have a difficult and dangerous job and the vast majority of them conduct themselves in a professional and courteous manner that deserves our respect. But here is a story about an incident involving a Baltimore police officer that reminds us our respect for any public servant should not increase into something more – like reverence or faith.

The Bible is clear that God and God alone is deserving of our reverence and faith. While it is sometimes tempting to place our faith in people who sacrifice so much on our behalf we need to remember that they are just as prone to sin as we are. They need the saving grace of God every bit as much as we do.

Faith is only as strong as the object in which it is placed. If we place it in another person – regardless of how admirable they may be – we are placing it in something that is ultimately bound to fail. There is only One whose character is worthy of our faith, and that is God.

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