2015-07-08 / Columns

Dallas Wilson

Faith Out Loud

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that.” –MLK. JR

You know, my whole life I have heard ole’ timers say, “It’s only going to get harder to live as a Christian in this world.” I can certainly understand the saying. This world does pose some pretty serious headaches for those of us who long to know and follow God. Jesus himself promised that the world would, “hate us.” There is definitely some truth to the old saying; however, I am starting to wonder if it’s actually getting easier to live as a Christian in this world. Maybe those older folks are just being too pessimistic in their thinking. I think Jesus would give us a more optimistic view of living in this trying time.

Jesus said our job as Christians was to, “Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16 ESV) Jesus himself says that our job is to live in such a way that we shine our lights before others so that God receives glory. There is no doubt that we live in morally questionable times. Prayer is out of schools, the Ten Commandments are removed from court houses, Bibles are minimized, marriage is redefined, and no one is offended…except God. However, it is in times like these when the lights of Christian believers shine the brightest. So it may be that the world is a hostile place for believers to live, but it is not a hard place to be a Christian. If being a Christian means living in such a way that points others towards God now is the easiest time to be a Christian in world history. A light shines brightest when it shines in the darkness.

Believers in Christ now have an opportunity like never before to be what Jesus demanded them to be, lights in the world. Believers have the opportunity to be lights in their work place as they share Christ with hurting co-workers. Believers have the opportunity to be lights in their community as they show others the change the gospel makes in their heart. Believers have an opportunity to be lights to their friends as they cultivate strong (traditional) marriages that reveal Jesus’ love for us. I cannot speak for those of you who read my column, but personally, I am resolved to live my life in such a way that a light shines from it and leads others directly to the gospel of Jesus. In a world that, “is getting harder to live in,” let the light from your life point others to the good news of God’s Son this week.

Let your faith be out loud.

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