Throughout my ministry, I have heard a lot of complaints about the problems in our world and our nation in particular.
These complaints are about people, from how our young people act to how our bosses treat us to how our politicians vote. I admit there are some legitimate complaints and some merit to the discussion, but we need to seriously look at to where the real problem lies.
Jesus told his disciples that they were the salt of the earth and also the light of the world in Matthew 5:13-16. Light illuminates truth and shows others the right path to travel, while salt adds flavor and preserves this truth.
The answer to the world’s problem is that we need more light to shine and more salt to be sprinkled.
So who has failed us? Is it our government? Is it our corporate leaders? Is it Wall Street?
I am sure they have room for improvement, but the real blame is we, the church of Jesus Christ.
I have heard the phrase, “We in America are going to hell in a handbasket,” which may be true when you look at the decline in morality. But why is this happening? I believe it is because we have failed to pray, witness and live out the Christian life as God will give us the power to do so.
So what can we do? First, we who profess to be the church need to repent and ask the Lord to forgive us for our failure to be the salt and light to those around us.
As individuals, we need to repent for times when we have not been the examples we should have been, and be willing to go to anyone we may have offended and ask their forgiveness.
We need to start praying for the leaders of our country and those within our sphere of influence and our communities to be transformed.
We need to ask the Lord to give us the power to live transformed so that we truly can be the salt and light of the world.