Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Are you salt and light or are you good for nothing?

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

So many people today who call themselves Christians are far too willing to throw God’s truth under the bus. They call things “political” or non-relevant to the gospel. They are unwilling to call sinful things wrong. I’ve heard things from professing believers such as,

 “Gay marriage is not a big deal. It does not affect me, why should I care? Let’s just love people and show them the gospel!” 

Jesus loved people by telling them they were wrong. He told them they needed to be saved, but he did not stop there, he also told people what they needed to be saved from. Lying, cheating, stealing, having no regard for the poor and those in need, the various kinds of sexual immorality, etc. You are going to have to talk about these things and call them evil and wrong if you are going to accurately represent the gospel. 

Salt is used to preserve things, and light is there to counter darkness. What are you preserving by surrendering to the culture? Does your light shine, or do you say “x sinful thing” is not a big deal? Christians should be shouting from the rooftops, “This is wrong!” We should be so unwavering in our commitment to the proclamation of the truth that the only recourse the world has is to throw us in jail. Are you salt that has lost your saltiness? I hope not, because Jesus says that you cannot be restored and that you are good for nothing. What does that mean for you?

21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ – Matthew 7

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for this post Scott! Really enjoyed reading it, especially considering it seems so many professing Christians are capitulating on so many moral issues.

    Christians should be known for their morality, and their stances on morality - not that we should be judgmental, as if we are somehow better in value or human dignity, or something of that sort. Because we are not.

    But we should care about the things God cares about. And that includes morality.

    I hope to be found a faithful witness at Christ's coming.

    Thanks again, brother.