As we continue our reading of The Benedict Option I was reminded of one of the most fundamental things we as Christians should be doing.
From page 96:
A friend of mine who led a wild, hedonistic life converted to Christianity after seeing her brother’s genuinely happy family and knowing the light in their faces and the love in their hearts came from faith in Christ. She told me ” I realize later that I just needed somebody to give me permission to be wholesome.” As the West declines into spiritual acedia, there will be more and more people who are seeking something real, something meaningful, and yes, something wholesome. It is our mandate as Christians to offer it to them.
As this world continues to spin out of control with the destruction of the traditional family, the loss of a moral compass and the erosion of Christian values in the wider world, we must remember that when people are at their darkest point they will seek a way back out of where they find themselves. They will seek out and find the light of Christ which will intern guide them to us and to our churches.
When these people come among us we must remember that they are coming from what appears to us to be a very dark and potentially sinful place, they will walk in the doors of our churches with a lot of baggage and their presence may make us feel uncomfortable.
We must remember that they have come to us to for help them so we may assist them get out of the place they are in. We must extend to them the hand of love just as Christ would do if he were standing in our place.
Acts 26:18 reads:
“To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.”
As the world continues to darken, the brightness from the church and from us as Christians will shine brighter than ever. We have to be the light unto the world and keep the candle of our faith burning bright so they many may come unto Christ and find the peace and love that we already have.