Monday, May 2, 2016

Where it Really Counts

Some of the greatest moments of faithfulness of God's people in the Old Testament occurred, not when they were living in a position of power and control over their own affairs, but rather when they were living under the authority of another kingdom. 

In the early decades and centuries of Christianity, God's people seemed to be more faithful, devout, and sincere when they were still labeled as outsiders and were forced to the margins of society.  Once the church allied itself with the Roman state and became the Roman church, it lost much of its purity in faith and doctrine. 

In the early decades of the 21st century, many have observed that the Christian faith has a smaller voice and a diminished influence in western society.  This may be true, but rather than lamenting this, I believe Christians would be better advised to focus on a grass-roots, ground up mentality.  One of the best ways to insure that the faith is passed onto the next generation, is to make sure the faith is passed on within our individual family units.  One of the best ways to make a difference in our nation, is to make a difference in our local community.  And one of the best ways to make a difference in our local community, is to make a difference on our own street and with our own neighbors.  It all starts with getting to know them and loving them, regardless of where they may be spiritually - now or in the future.

 Much time and energy is wasted on social media and other distractions of our modern world.  May the body of Christ focus its energies on real life, real relationships, and real community!  Despite what may be happening at the national level, politically, or otherwise, we can make a real difference where it really counts. - Shay

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