Part II Our Play Book for Life

As we continue our look at Matthew 5 (NIV) we arrive at the one section that is preached about almost every Sunday in almost every church. However, based on the state of our nation we are not living it out in our everyday lives (Matthew 5:13-16 NIV).

Salt and Light

13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. Our lives, our words, what we typed, and post in social media must reflect the purity of the gospel or the Bible or we have no moral flavor.  Have you ever tasted food that has no salt in it at all? What do you do with food like that? Either we add salt to it – even if it is only a small portion – or we simply throw it out. It is useless!!  Here is the problem we face as Christians in a fallen world.  We can have many friends whose lifestyles are unbiblical, but we can never negate the purity of the Bible.  We cannot change the Scripture to match the culture we live in.  We must love the sinner and not commit the same sins ourselves.  Does that mean we will not be politically correct? Yes, it does! But we are not called to be politically correct. We are called to live lives that demonstrate the purity of God and His Word.

14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. How do we let out light shine? By standing up for what is right in God’s eyes and not in society’s eyes.  What will happen when we do that.  We may lose some friends.  Or folks may not talk to us as much as they used to on FB.  However, if we were originally straight with them they should have known from day one that we are Christians. So, when we stand up for the truth that is in the Bible then they should not be surprised.  However, that does not give us a right to be bigots.  People, regardless of their lifestyles, will never argue with God.  They will and do have a right to argue with people who say they are religious, but who are hateful and bigotted.  Our words and our actions must match the tenure of the Word of God or we should remain silent because we are snuffing our the light of God’s Word.

 

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