The news of the capsized cruise ship recently is not just sad due to the loss of life but the revelation of a great loss of morals in our world. When the Titanic went down in 1912 the captain did what he could to direct women and children to safety. Fast forward a century later and the captain of the cruise liner sought to save his own skin even over children and pregnant women ! Don’t get me wrong though, there were accounts of cowardice and self-serving during the Titanic’s demise too but this wreck has revealed some extreme lows in selfishness. Yet this shouldn’t surprise us as God has aptly warned us, “But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse. . .” (2Tim.3:13).
But not to be a total downer in this blog, we can be bummed and focus on the tragedy or we can do what we can, one slice of our world at a time, about making a difference ! These glimpses of the cesspool in our world remind us of Jesus’ admonition to us all as believers to stand out amongst the filth and self-absorption and make a mark for Him and thus we can, you have the Spirit of God within ! “Ye are the salt of the earth. . . Ye are the light of the world” s0 “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Mt.5:13-16).
Now odds are something as tragic as a cruise ship sinking will not happen in your neighborhood or workplace today but more likely the normal routines will occur. Yet even in them God gives you great opportunities to show integrity, diligence, compassion, encouragement, kindness, and on and on to a world that knows not Christ or a child of God who is struggling near you !! Each day is an adventure where you can LIGHT UP this dark and sinful planet because of Christ IN YOU !! Salt has many beneficial properties such as being a curative (sure helps when that throat gets a little sore), or a preservative (checking decay so that our food lasts longer), etc. And such are we to be, the answer for the ills of a broken world for Christ is in us ! And what would our world be like with no godliness whatsoever, it would be on a path of total decay but thank the Lord for people who still love Him and strive to live Christlike lives ! We provide a mutual accountablity to each other to encourage and challenge one another and God knew what He was doing in creating the local church where Christ can be seen in the lives of His people every week. So when you hear of such sinfulness in our world, let it drive you to be more like Him, the Captain of our Faith !!