Camille's editorial of November 30: The consequence of faith

"Believe and give: Protestants and generosity" was the theme of the conference organized by the Protestantism Foundation at the Luxembourg Palace, last Friday, on the occasion of the institution's 20th anniversary.

This reflection on the link between faith and generosity began with a speech by the President of the Senate, Gérard Larcher. In a video message addressed to the participants of the colloquium, he praised the action of Protestants with those who are excluded from society, saying that this is a consequence of their faith.

Thus, he recognized the relevance of faith "for Christian action in a world in distress", because it "provides the motivation to get started but it also carries the message of a salvation to be made known to all".

The consequence of faith is expressed as much in the actions that we take with others as in the message that we are called to transmit. 

In his testimony book, "Say, if it was true" published this month by Editions Première Part, Guy Maréchal also intends to transmit this message of love and hope.

This book is the story of a man who experienced many miracles that transformed his life. It is also, and perhaps above all, the story of a man anxious to provide an answer to the existential question that occupies us all, namely whether there is life after death and to enlighten those who seek God.

Another consequence of our faith is learning to forgive. Indeed, we who have been so forgiven by the Lord, how can we not forgive in our turn?

Wednesday, November 24, during a hearing in the context of the trial of David Nelson responsible for the death of Pastor Verlyn Strenge, several statements from the family and faithful of the Church of the victim shocked the room.

It is a message of forgiveness they wanted to pass on to the man who hit their father, husband and pastor with his truck while he was under the influence of alcohol. A tangible manifestation of the message of the Gospel.

In some parts of the world, having faith can have more dangerous consequences. This is the case in China where Christians are regularly victims of discrimination and persecution by the state.

A Yanuki, a Protestant pastor in Shanxi Province was arrested by police. He is accused of illegally crossing a border after a trip to Malaysia where he had gone to attend a Christian conference. However, the pastor had a visa and a valid passport. Pray for God to act in this situation!

Camille Westphal Perrier

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