Allow me to step up on a soap box for a moment.
I have been increasingly frustrated with what I’m seeing in our society, primarily in our churches. We stand for nothing, so we fall for anything. We don’t call out sin therefore those who are sinning have no idea that their lifestyle is a lie. We have stopped standing for innocence, innocence of life, innocence of adolescence, innocence in general. We allow our voices to be drowned out by the masses due to intimidation and fear.
We, as Christians, are not allowed to simply act and live as everyone else, we know better. We, as Christians, are not permitted to stay silent as the darkness creeps in. This is a battle, why are so few Christians fighting?
“You are the salt of the earth…You are the light of the world.” -Matthew15:13-14
We were not called to walk through this life like wall flowers making no impression or impact, we are called to be salt and light: salt stings and light burns. Salt kills bacteria and light terminates mold. We are living in a society where Christians have stopped being salty and stopped allowing their light to shine, so it is no wonder the world has become so dark and sick.
We are responsible for standing up for biblical principles and beliefs and to live our lives according to the Word. If the Words says its wrong, it’s wrong, it’s that simple. God gave us a voice, so we need to use it, we should be speaking out against anything that God disagrees with and speaking up for anything that the Word says is true, no matter how unpopular or dated it may seem.
If we, you and I, stop standing up for God and His Truth, then who will, who else is going to do what is right even when it’s tough? Who else is going to push against the crowd when they’re marching in the wrong direction?
I have said it many times, but I’ll say it again: Jesus did not come to bring peace to the world:
“Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.” -Matthew 10:34
A sword pierces, a sword cuts, a sword divides: Jesus is the great divider, dividing right from wrong and truth from lies. He is the salt that stings and the light that burns. He has no tolerance for the lies of the enemy or the hypocrisy that has infiltrated our churches, our politics, our schools. Jesus loves us enough to tell us when we are sinning because sin keeps us separated from Him. Jesus wants to kill off all bacteria and burn away every disease, therefore we should attempt to do the same.
Be salty and shine bright because if you don’t, nobody will. If we stay silent, if we stop shining, the darkness will creep in and the sickness will take over.
Be unashamed of the gospel and the truth of the Word.
Be bold for in you and all around you is the Creator of the universe, you cannot fail with Him by your side.
Be salty and be bright, for, “greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” (1 John 4:4)
“Speak up and speak out”, as my sister always says.
Okay, I’m stepping off my soap box now.