Ephesians 5:11-12 “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.”
We are inundated with images and information on a consistent and daily basis. Much is unfiltered and uncontrolled because they come from outside of us. Whether billboards, television screens, notifications on our phones, tablets, or computers, we see more and more every day.
It takes a concerted effort to control what we see. We have software that filters our phones, movies, and television.
But often, we grow accustomed to seeing the worldliness of others play out before us. We become numb to the sins of others.
The censorship of what is produced and televised has relaxed its standards, saying we should not criticize or condemn race, creed, color, religious affiliation, or sexual orientation. To question or oppose is to be labeled a “hater.”
Our enemy is pressing hard to get the world to accept every form of wickedness. Violence, murder, sex-trafficking, abuse, and many other sins are being thrust before our eyes on the evening news, banner ads on search engines, and social media ads.
We accept hearing our Lord’s name used as a curse word in the movies we watch. We allow adultery, blasphemy, hatred, violence, and all ungodliness to play before our eyes in the name of entertainment.
Not only has it entered into the mind of God’s children, but we have also become accepting its existence without speaking up or speaking out. To not say or do anything about it is silently showing acceptance.
1 Thessalonians 5:14 “Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.”
We find it challenging to be contrary to a world quickly heading toward Hell. We fear the contention. We are halted by our lack of knowledge of God’s Word. We lack the love for the lost to show them a better way.
“Don’t rock my boat, and I won’t rock yours” seems to be the status quo of many children of God. Yet, we are commanded to be salt and light in an ever-darkening world.
Matthew 5:13-14 “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.”
We fear rejection when the One who paid the price for us to be saved was despised and rejected because of us. We fear acceptance when Jesus was cast out of the synagogues, cities and hated by the very people He came to redeem.
We are admonished to shun any activity that has to do with the works of darkness. Not only that, we are to reprove them. What many of us lack is the ability to speak the truth in love.
If those held in the bonds of their sin knew that there was a God who loved them despite their sin, they would come to Him speedily.
Sin blinds those held in its sway.
Jesus is the truth that lights the way. Unless we go and tell them, they will never hear.
Romans 10:14-15 “How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!”
Our enemy uses fear to keep us from sharing the most wonderful news with a world in desperate need. Soon it will be too late. We may never again have the opportunity to witness to that family member, neighbor, or coworker.
Time is a precious commodity that must be used wisely as it is a gift given by God to be used for His purpose and plan.
Take the time needed to reconcile your heart with what halts us from being the salt and light that those around us desperately need. Then, ask God to embolden you to be a witness for Him.