Why ‘Faith, Folk, and Charity’?
As some of you will know, the old Authorised (King James) Version translation of 1 Corinthians 13:13 runs ‘And now abideth faith, hope, and charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity’. My title is a slight adaptation of this verse, and brings into focus the main things I want to blog about.
‘Faith’, to me, is faith in Jesus and in the God he reveals to us. I realise that there are many other expressions of faith, religious and otherwise, but this is the faith that I try to live out in my daily life. So I will be blogging regularly about what it means to me to be a follower of Jesus, and possibly dialoguing with people of other views (there is at least one atheist on my blogroll!). I will not, however, be linking to or dialoguing with people (particularly Christians) who spend significant amounts of time on their blogs trashing people whose views they don’t like. I’m interested in discussion and dialogue, not character assassination.
‘Folk’ refers to folk music, one of the other main passions of my life. Those who know me will know that I am particularly attached to traditional folk music, the songs that have been handed down to us from previous generations, usually anonymously, and that I want to continue in my turn to hand down to the generations to come.
The word charity, in the AV of 1 Corinthians 13:13, translates the Greek word ‘agapé’, which doesn’t just mean ‘love’, but sacrificial, committed, action-oriented love, the kind of love that is expressed when a person gives their life in willing and cheerful service to another. This sort of love, Saint Paul says, is meant to be one of the ‘abiding’ characteristics of the life of a follower of Jesus.
So that’s at least part of what this blog is about! Of course, I also share personal stories, photographs, family stuff and so on. Thanks for dropping by, and I hope you enjoy it!