Different

salt and pepper“We are best for our communities when we are most unlike our communities.”—J.K. Jones

There is nothing wrong with a church trying to be “seeker-sensitive”. After all, Jesus was quite sensitive to the spiritual needs of others. And he sends us out into the world to make disciples wherever we go. We must be seeker-sensitive in all that we do.

However, we have to keep in mind that we are called out of the world and set apart to live for God. It doesn’t do lost people any good at all if they can’t see any difference between themselves and Christians. In order for us to make inroads in the darkness, we have to shine our light.

If the local church is seen as just another service organization, it loses its ability to evangelize effectively. Therefore, we mustn’t try to win the world by being like the world. We must stand boldly for the truth of God’s word, even if (especially if!) it makes us look different.

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.”—Matthew 5:13.

 

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