In a recent Sunday School class we discussed the role of the church in today’s society. Without a doubt there are some real challenges facing the Christian church today. I am convinced that the real challenge for the church in this century is to remain faithful as God’s servant – both as individuals and as Christian communities. Spiritual darkness, violence, idolatry, injustice, and oppression are found in virtually every place in the world, even in places where the church supposedly stands as God’s light. Unfortunately, God’s salvation and redemption has yet to reach to the end of the earth. As a result, God’s glory has not been universally acknowledged. That means there is much work yet to be done.
Our work as individuals is not complete and the work of the church certainly continues. We can learn our role from the Old Testament prophet Isaiah, who said: “My cause is with the Lord….My God has become my strength.” We must act out of that conviction on behalf of others. It’s not enough to reach out just to our own and confine our “light” to the confines of our own communities. We have a mission to bring light to the whole world. I believe that should be a priority for the church and for each of us who are Christians.
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