In my home, I enjoy using essential oils. A few drops in the water container of my diffusers, and the house is filled with a lovely scent. I am always amazed how just a small amount of oil can produce such a powerful fragrance that seems to fill the rooms. In the same way, we, as Christians, are to bring our faith to bear on every aspect of our lives so that others will see the love of God within us. We are to be salt and light in this world of darkness, and like the diffusers I use in my home, we are to be the fragrance of Christ that permeates every portion of our world.
Presently, around the world, there seems to be a clash of ideas like we have never seen before. On one side, we see those who believe that man is the measure of everything. This camp believes we are getting better all the time, and that all we need is a government who will meet all the needs. These ideas came to the forefront during the Renaissance and have morphed into a movement that has spread across the globe. According to the American Humanist Society, the definition is as follows: "Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, without theism and other supernatural beliefs, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity." That does not sound bad does it? However, one of the banners on their page reads: "Good without God". This whole set of ideas really did not start in the Renaissance. Rather, this concept was introduced in the Garden of Eden when Satan whispered to Eve, "For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." Of course, we know that Eve ate the forbidden fruit and so did Adam. Who would not want to be like God? Why do we need Him if we can be like Him? The motto of humanism at that website "Good without God" sounds very much like the serpent in the garden.
In a recent article in The American Family Association Journal, Dr. Stephen McDowell president of the Providence Foundation (providence foundation.com) and an author wrote a very good article entitled "Why do the leftists (still) rage?" He argues that the great divide in our nation today is a clash of worldviews. He says of this divide: "It centers on such important issues as life, the family and morality - views on which the Bible is clear." Indeed, our Lord told us that if the world hated Him it would also hate us. We will face tribulations, but we are to continue diffusing the fragrance of Christ wherever we go because the Lord overcame the world. Despite opposition, we have been commissioned to share the truth even if there are those who resist it.
If we are to fulfill our call to be salt and light in this world, we must apply our Christian worldview according to Scripture to every area of our lives. There is no room for compromise. We cannot say, "This is my belief based on God's Word, but I do not want to bring it into my workplace, politics, or school." Jesus said, "32Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father in heaven. 33But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father in heaven.…(Matthew 10:32-33). We have a truth to proclaim. Not to prove that we are right, but to save men and women from eternal separation from God. With the Holy Spirit's help, we can fulfill the call to be a sweet fragrance filling every space in this world with the truth that will set others free. My prayer is that His Word would
dwell richly in each of us that it will effect all we say and do. May we be faithful to this task that we might glorify God. Selah!