Where is the Church?

Salt of the Earth

Our Christian habit is to bewail the world’s deteriorating standards with an air of rather self-righteous dismay. We criticize its violence, dishonesty, immorality, disregard for human life, and materialistic greed. ‘The world is going down the drain,’ we say with a shrug. But whose fault is it? Who is to blame?”

“Let me put it like this. If the house is dark when night fall comes, there is no sense in blaming the house, for that is what happens when the sun goes down.” 

“The question to ask is ‘Where is the light?’ If the meat goes bad and becomes inedible, there is no sense blaming the meat, for that is what happens when bacteria are left alone to breed. The question to ask is ‘Where is the salt?’

“Just so, if society deteriorates and its standards decline, till it becomes like a dark night or stinking fish, there is no sense in blaming society, for that is what happens when fallen men and women are left to themselves, and human selfishness is unchecked.”

“The question to ask is ‘Where is the church? Why are the salt and light of Jesus Christ not permeating and changing our society?”

“It is sheer hypocrisy on our part to raise our eyebrows, shrug our shoulders or wring our hands. The Lord Jesus told us to be the world’s salt and light. If, therefore, darkness and rottenness abound, it is our fault and we must accept the blame.”

John R. W. Stott

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8 Responses to Where is the Church?

  1. rjperalta says:

    Amen!
    God help us all.
    One soul at a time will change this world. We have a grave responsibility as believers. He saved us for a reason. It’s more than just putting our hands up and singing “praise the Lord”. What are we doing the other six and a half days?
    Thanks, may you be blessed as you go out!
    Richard

  2. cornishevangelist says:

    Speak The Word

    Jesus defeated satan in the wilderness by speaking the Word of God, He said, “Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God”. Don’t forget Jesus was very weak and hungry; He was at His lowest, that is when satan comes to you saying it is hopeless, you are finished, it is all over. My friend the devil is a liar. David the shepherd boy said,” God delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear, surely He will deliver me from this uncircumcised Philistine {Goliath}.
    Surely God will deliver you from your problem, so, shout it out “SURELY GOD WILL DELIVER ME” The Bible says,” “Call upon me in the day of trouble and I will deliver you”.
    EVANGELIST BILLY BOLITHO
    http://www.evangelistbillybolitho.blogspot.com

  3. dpcpastor says:

    Stott is great because he always points his readers to the great Savior. His book “THE Cross of Christ is on my “Great Books” page and I have Stott himself on my “Great Lives” page. Here is the link if you want to check out what I way and let me know your thoughts:

    http://anuncommongrace.wordpress.com/great-loves/

    Blessings,
    Darian

  4. Huh. What are we doing as the light and salt of the world? Christians would not learn the scriptures well enough, we would not speak to the evil that is spreading everywhere, at times too we are part of the rot in society as we are not shining our light by doing good works (good examples) to glorify our Father . our own works are making us loose our voice and power in the world. We must ARISE for, our light is come ( Isaiah 60:1-3.) vs 2 says for behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and a deep darkness the people;But the Lord will arise over you,And his glory will be seen upon you. vs 3 The Gentiles shall come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising.
    You you (reading now) also ARISE?

  5. Cant the churches come together and fight some of these nonsense going on in the world? Even sinners, depraved people, those who God has abandoned to the futility of their thoughts, are coming together to push forward their evil agenda, and because you and I look on as spectators, not as world changers that we are, they are having a field day.
    We need to ARISE NOW.
    http://www.aedogbeministries.wordpress.com

  6. Leo P Flood says:

    We are the Church, but Christians are doing very little. To be the salt of the world, we need to take actions. I take issue with the term, “I am waiting on the Lord.”; the God I serve have told me that He have provided all the we need, so we need to act accordingly. What are you doing?

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