In another political season, many presidential candidates are discussing serious predicaments in our country. Typically, the opposing candidate or opposing political party is blamed for the problems. People are led to believe that if they just vote for a particular person those issues will be solved. The pendulum of power swings back and forth between the republicans and democrats as this cycle repeats itself. In spite of the efforts, so many of the same problems continue and even become worse. Maybe the most serious issues in our country are not political and will not be solved the usual way. It could just be that the world is facing a spiritual dilemma and must deal with it accordingly. Since this is the case, the Church must rise to the occasion.
God shared the importance of the Church in Matthew 5:14-16: “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Our nation is becoming darker because so many lights are being diminished. Many folks are compromising with sin for money, pleasure, or popularity. Other people turn a blind eye to the needy just like the priest in the Good Samaritan parable. There are Christians who seldom pray, never vote, and hardly get involved in anything positive. What is most neglectful is hiding the faith and never sharing Jesus with anyone. The most loving act that one can do is to share the gospel.
These types of people share more in common with gophers than they do with the Biblical description of the Church. Gophers spend most of their time underground in the tunnels that they dig. Their selfish personality keeps them away from communities while they hoard food and protect their own territory. This characterizes many that just lives for themselves and bury their talents. They will dig a tunnel and hide rather than help someone in need. Jesus has much invested in us and wants us to shine our lights. We can dispel the darkness with his love, rescue people from the road of destruction, and bring hope through his word. As Christians, we have the answer for the most desperate needs of society. The light of Christ has tremendous power to bring change if we do not hide it underground.
(Ralph & Elizabeth Pyszkowski, Your Brother and Sister in Christ. All comments are welcomed at [email protected])