This is not the blog post I had intended to write today. However, I believe that it is the post I really need to write.
Yesterday, as I scrolled through my social media feed I saw several links about a “celebrity” ministry couple that made a public affirmation of same-sex marriage. This immediately peaked my curiosity and got me to digging in a little bit on the subject. Not long after that I found myself in a discussion with some one about the current state of our country and the upcoming presidential election. Both of these topics trouble me in many ways. Yet, the thing that troubles me the most is the fact that the church has not responded as it should.
Through most of the cultural shifts that have happened in our country, the church has remained silent. Sure pastors have mentioned it in sermons. Sure wacky protestors have made waves and gotten some media attention. Sure Christians have alienated one another on social media. However, for the most part, we have been silent on the problems that are facing our country and our world. We have been passively sitting down and watching our culture shift.
So, what do we do?
I want to propose the following things that we as God’s people should be doing with regards to all of the many shifts that we see happening both in the church and our world abroad.
- We’ve got to know what we believe and why we believe it. It is not enough to say, “The preacher said it and that settles it.” We’ve got know what God’s Word says and means. We’ve got to be able to articulate why we believe what we say we believe. This doesn’t require a seminary degree, but it does require action. It requires that we stop passively sitting, being spoon-fed the Bible and start regularly studying it for ourselves. There are tons of resources out there to help, we’ve just got to start.
- We’ve got to learn the difference between loving people and affirming their sin of choice. Notice, I said that we have to study the Bible first. That is essential for being able to navigate the choppy waters of our culture. However, as we navigate these waters we will find that many we walk with daily will be struggling with sin. Some will no longer be struggling, but will have found a way to justify their sin. It is our job to love every person that God allows our path to cross with, but we can’t every affirm what God has not. And on the opposite side, we can’t vilify one sin over another. We have to love people and hate sin. Also, we have to point them to the Gospel, which can set them free from their sin.
- We’ve got to pray for our country. We need to pray for revival. We need to pray for repentance. We need to pray that the church would rise up and become the change agents that Jesus intended us to be when He told us to be salt and light. It is time for the church to stop allowing the world to influence us. It is time that we become the positive influence the we are called to be.
- We’ve got to share the Gospel. The reality is that heaven is a real place and so is hell. As followers of Jesus it is unkind and flat selfish for us to know the way to God and not share it. We’ve got to share the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. We’ve got to make disciples. God has called us to it. It begins when weshare what He has done for us.
If we would be bold and attentive enough to make the above commitments, we would see somethings begin to change. The tides don’t have to keep sweeping in. We can make a difference. We can be salt and light in our world today.
“13 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. 14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” – Matthew 5:13-16 (ESV)