The host of the 2018 Emmy’s made a statement during the opening that “only white people who thank Jesus at award shows are Republicans, ‘ex-crackheads,” in reference to his mother not watching the show. This is certainly appalling.
As Christians no doubt we would be offended if someone makes such a false statement even as a distasteful joke.
It did remind me of what it says in Matt 5:13-16. We are called to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world. A city set on a hill that cannot be hidden.
Have we lost out saltiness? Have we placed our lamp under a basket or is our light placed on a stand for everyone to see? Is our light shining before others so that all may see our good works and give glory to the Father?
Jesus wants us to be salt and light. If we as Spirit-filled believers, the church, would arise and shine the world and people under the influence of darkness would be this impacted by this radiant light illuminating the darkness. God desires to cover the earth with his glory and pour out his spirit on all flesh. If we are the salt and light then we should have some measurable impact on the world around us.
Instead of being offended when others make fun of our beliefs let’s put our light on a stand for the whole world to see and be drawn to the radiance coming from our light.
“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.”
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matt 5:13-16
May the grace, joy, and peace of God be yours through Jesus Christ our loving Lord. To Him be glory, now and forever.
Note: All Scriptures are taken from the New International Version unless otherwise noted.