To the Frontlines of Faith – … or Salt?
Key Bible Verse: You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? – Matthew 5:13
Could the most critically acclaimed director in Hollywood one day be a layman active in his church? Could the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting go to a Christian journalist on staff at a major daily newspaper?
Is it too much of a stretch to think that a major exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art could feature the works of an artist on staff at one of our Christian colleges? Am I out of my mind to suggest that your son or daughter could be the principal dancer for the Joffrey Ballet Company, leading a weekly Bible study for others?
I don’t think so.
Why should we be so ready to encourage our children to become ministry professionals but stand in the way of their becoming journalists, actors, photographers, and painters? Do we believe God is strong enough to take care of His own only as long as they stay within the safety of the Christian ghetto?
The Bible is filled with examples of people like Joseph, who not only served as adviser to the “president” of his day, but used that position to influence the entire land. If we’re obedient to our Lord’s call to go into all the world, we’ll begin reentering the fields we’ve fled.
—Bob Briner in Roaring Lambs
My Response: What field am I equipped to penetrate with Christian values?
Thought to Apply: [Christians] must plunge into social and political problems in order to have an influence on the world, not in the hope of making it a paradise, but simply in order to make it tolerable.—Jacques Ellul
Adapted from Roaring Lambs (Zondervan, 1993)
Prayer for the Week: Lord, help me to penetrate my corner of Your world with the salt of the gospel.