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Who Do You Think You Are?
I have no use for church critics who point and complain but refuse to be part of the solution (much less admit to being part of the problem!). However, there is definitely a time for us to honestly evaluate how we are doing being salt and light to our community. When I hear negative reports on the church, such as the information from the book UnChristian I quoted this morning, I find myself wanting to defend the church. There is much good being done through organized ministries of the church that are helping people with real needs. In addition, there are countless ways that individual members of the church are letting their light shine that often goes unreported and thus, unapplauded. (And those folks like it that way!)
There is certainly room for improvement and my prayer is that this morning’s sermon might help us build on what the Lord is already doing among us. I love the work we are doing among homeless children through Family Promise, may we keep it up! I am so thankful for those who volunteer each month to minister to the often forgotten residents of Harborview Nursing Home. Just last week a number of our church provided food for several hundred people who gather to worship with the Impact Church which ministers to the poor of inner city Houston. These and other ministries of the church are allowing the light of Jesus to shine and people are seeing our good works and praising our father in heaven.
What is the next step? As we launch Story Groups next Sunday I pray each group will become small communities devoted to encouraging, refining, and equipping us as individuals to be salt and light in our families, places of employment, schools, and neighborhoods. We, collectively, are the salt of the earth and the light of the world. May we work together to help one another be a greater reflection of Jesus to all we encounter. We overcome the negative images many have of the church, one individual at a time. Let them see Jesus living in you and those unfavorable stereotypes will fall by the wayside.