Watching the recent Anti-Trump post-victory protests and riots on television we can clearly see a nation divided against itself.  Jesus warned the Pharisees in Mark 3:24-25 says, “If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.”

A riot is a form of civil disorder commonly characterized by a group lashing out in a violent public disturbance against authority, property or people. Riots typically involve vandalism and the destruction of property, public or private. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riot

As a nation we cannot continue down this path.  Scripture reveals that all authority is established by God whether we like it or not. "Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by GodConsequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselvesFor the authorities do not strike fear in people who are doing right, but in those who are doing wrong. Would you like to live without fear of the authorities? Do what is right, and they will honor you."  Romans 13:1-3  In president elect Trump's 60 Minutes broadcast he said "STOP IT" to his own supporters.  That should go across the board for everyone. Stop the ranting and raving on social media and in the streets.  We have a right to peaceful protest, yet at the end of the day that won't bring change, but prayer changes things.

The Word of God clearly says that we are living in perilous times.  With that being said, we also know that as gross darkness covers the earth,  the glory of the Lord will appear upon His people.

“See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the LORD rises upon you and his glory appears over you.” Isaiah 60:2

It’s time for the Church to arise from its sleep! “Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.” Ephesians 5:14

In these days of deep darkness and moral compromise, the body of Christ needs to awaken from its sleep and seize the moment we’ve been given. We cannot afford to continue to compromise the truth  of God’s Word; to remain a sleeping giant.

Have we lost our saltiness?  Has the light grown dimmed?

The Bible says in Matthew Chapter 5, we are the salt and the light of the earth. “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that[a] they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:13-16 (ESV)

As Christians we have a voice!

Salt and light are metaphors used by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount, one of the main teachings of Jesus on morality and discipleship. ... 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.

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Salt gives flavor and zest to food; it serves as a preservative that works when it penetrates food.  Salt becomes useless when contaminated by other chemical substances. It must remain pure to do its job. As Christians, we bring change to the world around us as salt brings flavor to food.

Salt is useless if it is not salty. When salt is contaminated it becomes corrosive and poisonous. If we have allowed disobedience, carelessness and indifference to rule our lives, we have become contaminated and have lost our saltiness. We need to confess our sin and let the Lord restore us to the purpose for which we were called. “Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out,20 that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus,” Acts 3:19-20

Similarly, light penetrates darkness. Jesus says that Christians, likewise, must penetrate culture while keeping themselves from being influenced by sin in the world. To know the truth and fail to stand for it, Jesus says, is as senseless as lighting a lamp and putting it under a basket.

As Christians we are to have influence in the world. In other words, we don’t just live out our faith inside the walls of our churches and in our homes. We’re not to be of the world, but we’re to be in the world to influence our culture for the building up of the Kingdom of God.

He is returning for a glorious Church without spot or wrinkle, until then we are called to be the “salt and light” of the earth having a positive impact on our culture for Christ.

 

Published by Dr. A. Francine Green