What We Recall

Over the holidays I chanced upon a book about a crew member of the USS Arizona who survived the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.  This book was about his experience during the war and included information on his formative years.  He went to church when he was growing up and of that experience he states:  “What I recall from my place on a hard wood pew in that little Methodist church was not so much what I heard from the pulpit as what I saw in the people”. [1]

Mr. Stratton did not write a book on religion or our Christian beliefs but he stated what we all acknowledge–that what we do speaks so loud that others cannot hear what we say.  And yet we think our Christian faith is just a matter of belief and our actions are not involved.  How can we maintain such a belief?


[1]   Donald Stratton with Ken Gire.  All the Gallant Men.  New York:  William Morrow, 2016, p. 21.

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