Does your community reflect your Christian values and beliefs?
I belong to a small group that meets twice a month. We are studying Confronting the Controversies by Adam Hamilton which asks some tough questions such as…
As Christians are we doing everything we can to shape our culture or are we silent?
What impact are we having on our community, state, nation and the world?
We may say we pray for our leaders and country…and prayer is most definitely an important facet; however, we cannot sit back and just pray. We must put our thoughts and prayers into action. If not, we allow the vocal minority reshape our nation.
“What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions?” James 2: 14a
What can you do?
Politically, you can do something as simple as make a call, put a sign in your front yard, and of course cast your vote. But before you do that, study the candidates for yourself.
What are their policies on the economy, foreign affairs, healthcare, military, environment, etc.?
But do not forget to ask what are their values, religious beliefs, and relationship with God? Why? Because one’s faith shapes all decisions. I want my leaders to seek God for guidance. If there are two equal candidates, I will always vote for the Christian.
What can you do on a personal level in your community? Volunteer. Donate to a worthy cause. Reach a child. One of our church outreach services is a partnering with one of the local elementary schools and we are making a difference in the lives of the children and their families.
We as Christians can be the salt of the community or we can be bland and non-effective. Our silence and lack of participating in shaping our culture allows others change the face of our society.
“You are the salt of the world. But if the salt should lose its taste, how can it be made salty again? It’s good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled on by people.” (Matthew 5:13)
Let us be the salt of our communities ~ for salt not only adds flavor to food, it preserves it and prevents it from decaying. That is what our lives should be…ensuring our principles and values add flavor to our society, that our lives influence others, and that we lead by word and deeds that glorify our Lord and Savior. If not we will continue to see the decaying of our families, communities and country.
Make a difference. Impact the lives around you.