This week’s article is written by Roger Newberry, a member of Godfrey First United Methodist Church, 1100 Airport Road.
In Matthew 25, Jesus says: “If you’ve done it to the least of these, you’ve done it to me,” meaning, feed the hungry, give a drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, and visit the sick and imprisoned.
We are also told to share the good news of Jesus Christ with everyone. However, the influence of the church on society is hampered when it is watered down, or Christians act no differently than non-Christians. We don’t influence society when we don’t tell people (or give people the impression) that they have to repent of their sins and it’s not OK to just keep on sinning. The end result is that we end up looking like we’re no different than the rest of the world and people question why they even need to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
If Christianity is going to make a difference in society, then the message of the gospel cannot be watered down to suit everyone. The world needs to know that Jesus preached about repentance of sin, died on the cross for all mankind and if we truly accept Him as Lord and Savior, we must repent of our sins and walk in the light of Christ.