Shining Light into the Darkness
The Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders in Prayer on Field
It is easy to fall into the trap of criticizing people and environments for being ungodly. There is plenty within sports that turns people away. However, here are four things to remember and along with a really positive example for us to follow.
- Christians should not expect Christian behavior from non Christians.
- Jesus didn't come to make bad people good or wrong people right but to make dead people live!
- Darkness does NOT penetrate light; light penetrates darkness!
- We are to in be in the world, not of the world. (John 15:19; 17:11-18).
Blaming people who are not Christians for behaving in non Christian ways is silly. There are two types of people, natural and spiritual (1 Corinthians 2:14-15), the flesh and spirit and each acts according to his nature (Romans 8:5). It is not about being good or bad, but about being alive, something only Jesus can do for a person. The good news is that darkness does not penetrate light but light penetrates darkness. In fact, darkness is only an absence of light. Jesus said he is the light of the world and He also said we, his followers, are the light of the world. We need to take His light and shine it into a dark world.
Two mistakes we make in this mission of being in the world but not of it. First, we can be of the world and think, speak, and behave like those who do not know God. Second, we can fail to be in the world by removing ourselves from all interactions with unbelievers and thereby not allowing the light to penetrate the darkness.
Finally, a great example. Kiley is a cheerleader for the NFL's Atlanta Falcons. Let's be honest, we have likely ALL been guilty of criticizing the cheerleaders for their skimpy outfits, suggestive dancing and even said or thought mean things like "I'm sure she has a real high IQ." The problem? These aren't the thoughts and attitudes of Jesus. Seeing these young ladies as people to love and minister to, Kiley is doing just that and God is changing lives. Rather than cursing the darkness, she is lighting a candle! I'm sure she has her critics, but I think she is a difference maker. Read Kiley's testimony and impact by clicking here. Also, God has raised up FCA missionaries to minister directly to and through the cheer community. Check it out here.
Posted on Sat, February 1, 2014
by Kerry O'Neill filed under