There is a great line in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. Atticus Finch is having a conversation with his daughter about why he has taken on the extremely unpopular defence of Tom Robinson. In explaining his stand to Scout, Atticus says:
This case, Tom Robinson’s case, is something that goes to the essence of a man’s conscience—Scout, I couldn’t go to church and worship God if I didn’t try to help that man.
In this statement Atticus is drawing the important connection between our faith and what we do. Although we are not saved by what we do, our faith should spill over into what we do. This is the same point that James makes:
For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead. (James 2:26 ESV)
In what way do we demonstrate our faith? Who is our Tom Robinson?