Tuesday, November 30, 2010
the faithfulness of a prostitute
This cast of faithful characters includes some mighty heroes of the Old Testament: Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses. It mentions some of the lesser characters: Abel, Enoch, and the people at the Red Sea and at the walls of Jericho. Then the author briefly notes some of the other faithful figures of the past: Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and the prophets.
But among all these great heroes of the faith, there is one person that seems a little out there: Rahab the prostitute.
That's right, a prostitute made it into Hebrews' "Faith Hall of Fame."
My point is this: the faithful people of God come from all walks of life, all occupations, positions, vocations. Some are righteous, most are sinners, but above all, they are faithful. The Church is not made of perfect disciples of Jesus. Rather, and more importantly, the Church is made of people like you and me and Rahab who get a lot of things wrong, get just a few things right, but live by faith in Christ.