For Brad Paisley, the most meaningful passage in the Bible is James 2:17. “Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead,” it says.
When Paisley was asked why this one meant so much to him, he talked about seeing faith in action.
“The most impactful examples of someone’s faith in action that I can remember aren’t hands raised in the air or shouts of hallelujah and joy or judgment,” he explains in the new book Once-a-Day Country Faith: 56 Reflections From Today’s Leading Country Music Stars. “It’s the church members gathered around my cousin’s bedside as he breathed his last and how they took shifts ’round the clock with his family in those last two weeks while he fought for his life and lost.”
Paisley goes on to say that the people who take action are the ones who are most inspiring to him.
“Not someone telling me how they think it is. No scare tactic or fire and brimstone sermon ever did diddly-squat to strengthen my faith,” Paisley says. “It was the works.”
He adds that there is something so inspiring about “watching believers do good things.” That’s why James 2:17 resonates with him.