We live in a culture where nothing is off limits. Sex, violence, greed, theft, fear, and scandal rule our media and pop culture. When I was in high school I had a group of friends that were all obsessed with horror movies. I wasn’t ever interested in watching these films. I didn’t understand the “fun” in purposefully scaring yourself. However on one occasion, my curiosity overcame my resolution to not view those sorts of movies. After the movie was finished I came home and was so full of fear and anxiety because of what I had seen. For the next several days, I felt as though I had to purge my heart and mind of the images I allowed myself to watch. I prayed and listened to worship music until all of the things that I had seen became a dull memory. As silly as it may seem to some, I haven’t watched a scary movie since. I knew that in my personal walk with Christ, I couldn’t handle having both fear and Christ flowing in and out of my heart.
Paul writes in Philippians 2:15, “…that you may become blameless and harmless children of God without fault in the midst of this crooked and perverse generation among whom you shine as lights in the world…”. Being a light in the world doesn’t just mean that we try to avoid falling into sin. As a light in the world, as a beacon of Christ, we must be so different in all that we do. We must live in a way that causes the world to question everything about us. We need to operate in the joy we have in Christ. We need to speak with love, with tender mercy, with compassion towards others. We must allow only what is good, pure, noble, right, just, and lovely into our hearts and homes. Being a follower of Christ means fighting to be different in the crooked and perverse world that we live in!
Dear friends, if we claim the name of Christ, let’s make sure that our lives reflect that change that has happened inside of us! To be harmless and blameless children of God, we must chose to stand up for things that we know are not of Christ. We have the unique opportunity to leave an impression on people of what following Christ looks like. Often times our actions speak for themselves! If we choose to act and speak like the world, how are we being a light? Today and everyday lets challenge ourselves to put Christ’s light on display. The only way to get rid of the darkness in this world is to turn on the light!