"We can get through this if we just have more faith."
In various situations with congregational, family and personal lives of Christians, people come to a crossroads. A decision looms. A course of action beckons. Fear lurks in the background. I am thankful when people consider faith in their thought processes. I am thankful that faith enters the equation of daily life. Pastors celebrate a living faith. I also believe God celebrates.
I say "Christians" in this case, even though all people face tough decisions in life. Yet, Christian congregations, families and individuals often say that faith will get them through a particular crossroads in life.
Faith buys some time. How can you argue with faith?
Then the situation deteriorates. Faith buys more time.
I suppose faith will remind me of God's love even though I failed to make a decision and the scenario topples like cheaply built structures in an earthquake.
Faith is a red herring when it is proclaimed, yet distracts from the issue at hand. Faith is a red herring when it is used to avoid making a tough decision.
Maybe it's better to say, "I'm scared. God, please guide me." Then I can call on others to act in faith with me.
I'm still learning about faith. But I've learned it's not faith if I ignore the issue at hand--it's fear.