Jerry Johnston in the Deseret News wrote a piece about how actions are the great equalizer in religion. He makes some good points.
Jesus always seemed to focus on behavior — which makes it strange, I think, that so many modern Christian churches say works are not vital. When the 10 lepers came to Jesus, he didn't say, "Believe this." He said, "Do this." His words were almost always about action. His words to the Rich Young Man and the woman caught in adultery come to mind.He ends with:
The next time someone says, "Let's talk religion. What do you believe?" turn it around and say, "Let's talk religion. How do you try live your life?"
After all, the expression is What Would Jesus Do? — not, What Would Jesus Believe?"One of the things mainline Christians seem to criticize in our religion is that they say we require works and do not believe in grace. In fact, we believe in both grace and works. After all we can do we are saved by grace. (See 2 Nephi 25:23) The Bible is very clear on that. However, we believe Christ requires us to do good works. It is a bit more complex than that because we get into the Plan of Happiness (Salvation). The Bible is also very clear about Christ wanting us to do good things continually as He did.