Any society that devalues human life at any level will eventually destroy itself from within. Abortion, euthanasia, pornography, human trafficking, child abuse, all the social issues facing our culture has created a huge mission field for the Church of Jesus Christ. So what are we to do?
Christians are called to be more than simply “not part of the problem.” We are called to be part of the solution, to offer the remedy to mankind’s brokenness. From Genesis to Revelations, God has always been deeply concerned about the culture surrounding His people. God has called on His followers to be salt and light. “You are the salt of the earth,” Jesus said. “You are the light of the world.” Let’s think about that for a moment: Salt adds and enhances flavor. Salt preserves and protects things from rotting. Light helps us see what is hidden and chases away darkness.
But what happens if the salt loses its saltiness? What happens if the light is hidden, if it doesn’t point the way out of darkness? If we (you and I) don’t try to make the culture better, then what are we doing – just sitting on the sidelines? Jesus wants us to influence our culture. That’s what Jesus did in His day. He boldly confronted the “government” of his time. He strongly criticized rulers for ignoring the people and caring only about their own self-interest. God is calling us as His hands and feet to be the salt and light in a decaying world.
Edmund Burke said, “Evil prevails when good men do nothing.” Do you want to make a difference in this world? I believe each of us are called for a purpose. For some it’s to be a prayer warrior, for some it’s to be an adoptive parent, for some it’s to be an activist for social justice, for some it’s to be a sidewalk counselor in front of an abortion clinic, for some it’s to disciple a man or woman dealing with wounds from their past, and for some it’s to run for public office, to speak up for life in a very dark world. One thing I’m certain of – we are all called to share the hope we have in Jesus Christ to a dying world, because THAT’S how you create a culture of REAL LIFE. What are you being called to do?