"You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden."

-Matthew 5:14

Many would agree that it is evident that Christianity in America has less impact on the nation and the world than in previous times. We still have abundant churches, numerous seminaries, Christian schools, and universities, along with a multitude of various ministries. Still, as a whole, America has strayed into a political, moral, and social cesspool. We wish things were different. But do we expect sinners to live as saints? It will not happen unless sinners, through the proclamation of the gospel, become saints. To many, the church has become a haven from the world, a comfortable place to hide from the world. Some believers satisfy their recreational, social, and educational needs solely within the church. Ask your friends in the church the last time they talked about Jesus out in the world. Jesus said, "I did not come to call the righteous but sinners." We are still blessed in America to have the benefit of close Christian fellowship in the church while knowing our Lord greatly emphasized the importance of being a light to a lost and dying world. Let us not use the church to hide our faith but to build our faith so each of us may show the world that Jesus, "the Lord is my light and my salvation." Be encouraged!

Scripture References: Matthew 5:14; Matthew 9:13, Psalm 27:1