In our social media driven world it seems like everyone has something to say and a soapbox to stand on. We have developed Facebook courage without the ability to bring an issue of contention to our brother or sister face to face. Christians everywhere preach their soapbox theology through post after post, but fail to let it be expressed in their daily lives. So let’s change that this year.
What if this year we stopped screaming everything we are against and started living everything we are for?
Instead of screaming we are against gay marriage, what if we started building thriving traditional marriages that reflect the glory of the Father to the world around us?
What if we stop arguing about national budgets and debts, and start taking responsibility for our own budgetary overspending at home?
What if we stopped arguing about gun control, and started remembering our real battle is not against flesh and blood, but powers and principalities of darkness? (Eph. 6:12)
Instead of arguing about “Democrats this” or “Republicans that,” we start seeking first the true kingdom?
Jesus instructed us in this,
But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. – Matthew 6:33
I think as a nation we have forgotten that Jesus Christ is the embodiment of that Kingdom; the eternal God, made incarnate.
What if we stopped with our soapbox theology and started seeking Christ and live for what we are for, rather than only being known for what we are against?
Apparently several people are credited with saying this, but I recently picked it up in the book Jesus Manifesto, by Frank Viola and Leonard Sweet. (Which by the way, has jumped to my list of top favorite books.)
Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.
We can stand all day long on our soapboxes and curse the darkness, but the darkness can only be removed by the light. You and I are that light. The light of the world, Jesus Christ, dwells within every believer. He has made us a city on a hill to shine bright and push back the darkness. We do this with our lives and actions, not just by cursing it with what we say about it. (Matthew 5:14)
A lighthouse doesn’t curse the rocks, it lights the path of safe travel because it has already been there. A city on a hill doesn’t curse the hill it has to climb to get home, it sets a light so others can see safe refuge in the darkness.
Now don’t get me wrong here. I’m not saying to never stand up against anything. I’m saying let your life preach louder than your words. With that said two saying come to mind.
Actions speak louder than words.
Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words. – Francis of Assisi
Our soapbox theology has become known more for what we are against, rather than living for what we are for. This year let’s change that!
Let’s live audacious and vibrant faith in the Son of God, loving intensely, and pointing people to Christ with our actions just as much as our words.
No more soapbox theology, and more living by an indwelling Lord.
No more cursing the darkness, and more letting our light shine through the darkness brighter than ever before.