1. “THE CHURCH HAS BECOME KNOWN MORE FOR WHAT IT’S AGAINST, THAN WHAT IT’S FOR.”
God calls us to be separate and apart from the world, even as we live in it. Rather than reflecting the world’s conflict, we can offer a different narrative – the Gospel.
We have to show the world what we as Christians stand for – God’s grace and the redemptive power of faith in Christ.
We cannot shy away from shining God’s light through grace, forgiveness and kindness. God has handpicked and placed you where you are for a purpose. He has chosen you to show His love to the people around you.
When we extend God’s love even to those that don’t deserve it, (which is all of us) we bring light into the darkness.
2. “IT’S OKAY TO BE BROKEN. IT MEANS GOD IS STILL SHAPING YOU.”
Our culture needs us to go first. We need to be willing to say, “I know I am not perfect, this is why I need Jesus.” People need to see us being real.
All of us are broken, and God’s Word tells us that truth. God is always at work in us, finishing the good work He started when we accepted Christ into our lives. We bring light into the darkness when we admit our failures and walk out our faith humbly.
3. “IF GRACE ISN’T OUR GOAL, WE ARE JUST FIGHTING.”
We have to be careful to not get too caught up in the culture wars; after all, we are called to a different kingdom – the kingdom of God.
— quotes from the movie: God’s Not Dead: A Light in the Darkness