Thomas Jefferson is seldom referenced as a religious giant, though when younger he was an advocate of what is currently called Evangelical Faith. This is documented in David Barton’s writings.
Thomas Jefferson said: “It is in our lives, and not in our words, that our religion must be read.”
Jefferson actually thought that people of faith should not only proclaim their belief but give it a little more zing via demonstration. I suppose that somewhere in his writings one could find a note about “living out your faith rather than acting it out.” I may call Brother Barton and see if he can find one. Or even make one up.
I find one thing common to all, sinners, saints, rich, poor and legal and illegal: They expect other people to be real. As a rule they tend to be a little more gentle toward themselves. I know I am more sensible about myself than to others. It is easier to be sensible than genuine.
I have been teaching a class at Cage University of The Wabash at Carlisle titled Advanced Pastoring. Some of the students are miffed due to a lack of dissecting Greek and Hebrew words. I am simply trying to prepare these students for their own dissection by parishioners who will demand a readable life in lieu of essay.
“By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” John 13:35
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