It seems like every few weeks, we are hit with some national tragedy. A mass shooting like Saturday night. We read the news and it seems like fear is always the watchword. So many things out there that worry us.
Terrorism. Illness. War. The economy. And sadly, each other. We are in a place it seems like, in our nation and in even in our local communities, where we believe the worst about the other.
We feel helpless. So, what can I do in the midst of all of this? What can you do? As those that have the name of Christ upon us, what can we do? A few thoughts.
Be Salt and Light
Y’all, someone has to be nice. Someone has to bring the temperature down in the places we live. Someone has to be graceful. Someone has to respond to all the anger that is flying around us today with grace. That’s got to be us. No matter where we fall on the theological or political spectrum , above all, we are followers of Christ. And even, even when we are standing up for what we believe , we have to do it with grace.
As Paul says in Colossians 4:6:
Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.
I am not saying that we shouldn’t stand for what we believe, or advocate what we think is right, but I am saying that no matter what we say, we need to say it with grace. As Christians, someone has to set that example for our culture and for our world. That’s got to be us.
Pray for those that are hurting. Weep with those that weep. Pray for those with whom you agree, pray for those with whom you disagree. Pray for those that you love, pray for those that you don’t love.
Pray for everyone. Prayer changes things. Mainly, it may change us. When we pray for each other, God changes us. Pray. Prayer works.
These three remain, faith, hope, and love. And the greatest of these is love. We have to love each other. We have to. Not just those with whom we agree, but those with whom we disagree.
While we were yet God’s enemies, Christ died for us. God loved us when we were most unlovable. We’ve got to do the same.
You know why I believe in these things? Why I believe in grace, prayer, and love? Because I’ve found they are the only thing that can really change a life. My favorite verse that relates to my preaching is Romans 2:4:
Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?
It’s God’s kindness, grace, and mercy that leads us to change. It is the only thing that can really change us. It can. It does.
I may be naive. I may be foolish. I may be childish. But I believe this. I have to. God’s grace changes things, it changes people. And we’ve got to be agents of that grace today.
Today, may we be salt and light with all that we do. May we change things.