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Christianity the Best Kept Secret in America

Our nation was founded on the principle that we would be One Nation Under God.  We were formed as a  Nation free to worship the one true God in the way we wished, without the fear of persecution.  Our founding fathers, as well as many other free nations, based the principles of government on the truth and wisdom of God.  Prayer and the study of God’s truths found in the Bible were thought to be essential to the growth and survival of this nation.

We are still proud to call ourselves a Christian Nation, but we as a nation no longer have the appearance of a nation that follows Christ.  It seems these days that it is difficult to tell a Christian from a nonbeliever. We seem to have blended into the crowd.

Christians are called to stand out and to stand up for what is right.  For far too many years we have stood idly by as the world around us changed.  We allowed Christ, prayer and Bible study to be removed from our schools.  Many Christian monuments and plaques have been removed from public sites.  We just watched as the deterioration of the family unit happen.

In the richest nation in the world there are hungry and homeless.  Nearly 1,000,000 abortions take place in the United States each year.  In 2017, approximately 18% of U.S. pregnancies (excluding spontaneous miscarriages) ended in abortion.  The power  to make a change is in our hands.

Are we afraid to offend other people, or perhaps we don’t want to stand out?  Are we not willing to take a risk or not fit in?  Maybe we are just comfortable where we are.

Jesus calls us to be different.  Open your Bibles to Mathew 5:13-16 (NIV):

13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

God’s plan is for us to be different. To stand out and make a difference in the world.  In the day that Mathew wrote these words there was no refrigeration.  The only way to preserve food was to use salt. Salt would slow down the decaying process.  We serve as that preservative helping to stop the decay of the world. If we leave the salt in the container it does nothing. We are called to bring the good news of Jesus into the world. If we are Christians, we need to stand boldly for Christ and what we know to be right in his eyes.

Jesus gives us a warning: But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

Jesus is telling us to be careful, if we get too mixed up in the things of this world and allow its values to affect us, we will lose our uniqueness as Christians and our ability to make a difference.  The next thing Jesus shares: He calls us the light of the world. Light has only one purpose to shine. We illuminate a dark place, Jesus is called the light of the world.

John 8:12:  The light of Jesus shines through us. If we walk as that light in this world, we light the way so that others will not walk in darkness.

Jesus goes on to say, A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

We are not called to be private Christians.  Our faith must be on display as we go out in public. There are no secret agent  Christians. Are you a light in all walks of your life, not just in church where it is very safe? Among your family and friends, at home, in work, at the gym, in the supermarket, everywhere we go we are called to be the light. 

Paul tells us in Romans 1:16-17:
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. 17 For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.

If we call ourselves Christians, we must look like Christians and act like Christians. That means standing out taking a chance and making a difference in this world.

Each day I read an inspirational Bible verse. Today’s was Proverbs 29:25 (GNT):
It is dangerous to be concerned with what others think of you, but if you trust the Lord, you are safe.

We cannot just sit back safe in our beliefs trusting that everything is going to work out. Yes, God is in charge and He does have a plan, but the part we are missing is the God has a role for us in that plan.  We were to not put on this planet to sit back, have a private relationship with God and wait for our time to go home to heaven.

God put us here for a purpose: to participate as his ambassadors in this world. 

2 Corinthians 5:17-20 (ESV):
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.[a] The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling[b] the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.

We have seen what has happened as we sit by and did not take on the role we are called to.  Without the light there is only darkness; if we are the light, we can eliminate the darkness.

A little bit of light can illuminate a lot of darkness.  A small change can make a big difference.  Get involved in this world as a Christian. Let your Christian beliefs and values guide you.  We can make real changes if we get out of our comfort zones and take a risk for Christ.  It was not easy for Jesus or the apostles, but look at the difference they made standing firmly on their faith.

I ask that you give this prayerful consideration. See where God will lead you. 

God promises us in Philippians 1:6:
6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

If God puts a good work on your heart, he will be with you to see to completion.  This Christian walk is not always easy, but how we live it matters.

Galatians 6:9-10 (NLT):
9 So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. 10 Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.

God be with you, talk to you again soon.

Steve