Matthew 5:13-16, Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. 14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Colossians 3:12-14, Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; 13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. 14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
While Christianity is vastly different than any other “religion” in the world; as far as our lost neighbors are concerned, it’s not, “How is Christianity different?” but “How has Christianity made you and me different?” Are we exhibiting the same attitudes and actions of our “religious” neighbors? Or has God changed our attitudes, our actions, our thoughts, and our words?
They are watching and listening to us!
As one pastor/author wrote:
“In my (denomination), we’re known for morality, at least our views on morality. But we’re not necessarily known for being TRANSFORMED PEOPLE. Raised in East Texas in the home of a Baptist pastor, we never smoked or drank. Our elders told us, ‘Never chew-or run with those who do.’ But someone could be incredibly mean, and that was just being a good Baptist.”
DOUBLE OUCH RIGHT THERE!!!
The same author wrote these words:
On the whole, we can hardly change ourselves, much less the world. We cannot consistently live the message we herald to the world, but never have we been more effective at religious marketing of products that help us appear as if we are living it. As a result, the growing perception is that the church is religious but not spiritual. It has style but not enough substance.
Folks, it’s not our profession (what we say we believe), nor our proclamation (what we preach or teach), but it’s our practice or our day-to-day living (what we say, how we say it, how we live, love, and serve) that attracts people to JESUS and the cross that has, and continues to do a “deep work” in our life!
Colossians 4:5-6, Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. 6 Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.