Let Your Light Shine: Matthew 5:16

“In the same way, let your light shine before others so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”

Matthew 5:16 ESV

We are in the middle of a human tragedy.  If ever there was a time for the world to hear a word of hope, the time is now. 

Sadly, that’s not what I saw on my Facebook feed today. 

What I saw makes it hard to discern which posts are made by my Christian friends, and which are made by non-believing friends. 

I expect worldly solutions from people who do not know the Jesus we love.  But, I long for something different from my Christian friends.

This is Holy Week.  Just yesterday, we celebrated Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem.  One week from today we will have witnessed His crucifixion, death, and resurrection. 

That resurrection is core and central to the Christian faith.  That resurrection means we too, will live eternally with Him.  That resurrection means that COVID-19 is not the worst that can happen.  Dying without knowing Jesus is.

If that is true, then why are so many of my Christian friends posting human generated ideologies and perspectives? 

I get that we are naturally inclined to try to solve problems, and certainly we should.  But we are also called to be the light in the darkness. 

Now is a good time to challenge ourselves to live out Matthew 5:16:

Before you post to social media platforms, please ask yourself:

Will people feel more stress or less stress when they read this post?

Will people find reason to be hopeful when they read this post?

Will God be glorified by what I am about to post?

The hope of the world is not in political leaders, vaccines, therapeutics, government, nurses, doctors, or anything else you can add to the list.  The hope of the world is in Jesus, and Jesus only.  We have the most powerful message and we should not be shy sharing it!  Yes, our relationship with God is personal, but it should never be private.

This Holy Week let’s be conscious about the messages we share publicly.  Let’s commit to only sharing information that lets people know that Jesus is the source of our light in the midst of an otherwise dark time.

I ask you to help me stay accountable to this standard. If ever you see that I am not doing what I have asked of you, please reach out and let me know. We need to hold each other accountable if we are to be the unified church of the risen Christ in a world so desperate for Him.

Be blessed,

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