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Monday, June 15, 2015

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Jesus called us the light of the world.

Just like the light of Eärendil, given to Frodo by Galadriel in The Fellowship of the Ring, we are to be a light in dark places.

 

"You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.

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. Mat 5:14-15

 

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Our world has some very dark places. The darkness is spreading.

But it will not overcome the Light.

Mankind needs to see the Light now more than ever before. A light on a hill can be seen, it’s rays can be felt.

It’s also an easy target.

So what should our response be to the injustices, the immorality and evils of this world?

 

The effect of the cross is salvation,

sanctification, healing, etc.,

but we are not to preach any of these,

we are to preach Jesus Christ

and Him crucified.

The proclaiming of Jesus will do its own work.

~Oswald Chambers


Preaching against specific evils often results in hardened hearts. The Bible does {and is often condemned for} not speak out against specific evils, like slavery for instance. But even a casual examination of the scriptures will prove that God created all men equal and He condemns injustice against all.

 

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We so often fall to one extreme or the other. We preach “God loves you” as a complete theology, or “those actions will send you to hell” as a complete theology. Rarely do we put them together and season them with His grace and mercy.

The message of Christ crucified, a heart transformation through forgiveness of sin, is what changes people. Evil institutions will fall when people with the heart of the Father beating in their chests stand against them.

Two glowing examples of this truth are the Apostle Paul and Billy Graham.

As Christians, we are ALL called to preach the gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ, but it’s important to remember that the HOW may be different for each of us. God has given us each a unique platform and place from which to preach, and a unique audience. What is important is that we obey God’s specific call on our life.

 

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So how do we obey God’s call?

By staying salty, my friend, staying salty.

 

Going Deeper,

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Holly Barrett

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