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Shout it Out Loud

“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. -Matthew 5:13-16 (ESV)

Last weekend. something very huge, at least in the eyes of almost anyone living and Alabama and especially those who are big football fans. The Iron Bowl. The annual rivalry game between University of Alabama and Auburn University. And I am fairly certain that there is no one in this state that is not afraid to declare their team. We wlak around wearing t-shirt with our team colors and logos on them. We scream at our team, while sitting in the livimg room watching the game. We shout our team’s war cry at the other team’s fan. And, if you’re like me, we put on “war paint” when  the big games (Like Iron Bowl and championships) come around. As on of the elders at my church as so rightly pointed out (he’s a northerner by the way) football is almost a religion in Alabama. So let me ask you this, do we wear Christ as we walk around in the mall? Do we shout His battle cry? Do we get so fired up for him that we put on His war paint?

Now, I’m not saying run around and harrass unbelievers. What I’m saying is be so on fire for Christ that everybody can see it. We are supposed to the lights shining in a dark and lost world. So don’t be afraid to be that light. Pauls says in Romans 1:16 (ESV) For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. Shout it out to the world that Jesus Christ has saved you. Live like it every day. You could be the only gospel that someone ever reads, so when they “read” you, what will their impression of Jesus be? Be just as bold in sharing Christ’s love as you are in proclaiming your team.

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