How to be Salt and Light


How about a little controversy this Sunday morning?  I think it’s a great idea since I won’t be around.  Rachel and I are out of town and Chris is preaching.  This article may or may not have anything to do with his lesson.  It’s just something I wanted to share from my favorite blog, Experimental Theology by ACU professor, Richard Beck:


“A few years ago a female student wanted to visit with me about some difficulties she was having, mainly with her family life. As is my practice, we walked around campus as we talked.


After talking for some time about her family situation we turned to other areas of her life. When she reached spiritual matters we had the following exchange:


"I need to spend more time working on my relationship with God."


I responded, "Why would you want to do that?"


Startled she says, "What do you mean?"


"Well, why would you want to spend any time at all on working on your relationship with God?"


"Isn't that what I'm supposed to do?"


"Let me answer by asking you a question. Can you think of anyone, right now, to whom you need to apologize? Anyone you've wronged?"


She thinks and answers, "Yes."


"Well, why don't you give them a call today and ask for their forgiveness. That might be a better use of your time than working on your relationship with God…"


…My point in all this is that contemporary Christianity has lost its way. Christians don't wake up every morning thinking about how to become a more decent human being. Instead, they wake up trying to "work on their relationship with God" which very often has nothing to do with treating people better. How could such a confusion have occurred? How did we end up going so wrong? I'm sure there are lots of answers, but at the end of the day we need to face up to our collective failure. I'm not saying we need to do anything dramatic. A baby step would do to start. Waking up trying to be a little more kind, more generous, more interruptible, more forgiving, more humble, more civil, more tolerant. Do these things and prayer and worship will come alongside to support us.


I truly want people to spend time working on their relationship with God. I just want them to do it by taking the time to care about the person standing right in front of them.”