An utterly brilliant quote by John Stott, and one I think more Christians need to consider deeply and honestly. We cannot hold the world to standards it does not understand nor believe in. So, rather than condemn them, should we not look at ourselves and wonder why they do not understand or believe in them?
If we, being His children, are not shining the light into the world, why do we blame the world for being a dark place? This is a hard truth, and a confronting truth, and a painful truth, but it is truth none the less. We must start with ourselves and how we are living according to the gospel, because if we do so, then we will not have to worry about others as they will follow.
“When society does go bad, we Christians tend to throw up our hands in pious horror and reproach the non-Christian world; but should we not rather reproach ourselves? One can hardly blame unsalted meat for going bad. It cannot do anything else. The real question to ask is: where is the salt?”
– John Stott on being the “salt of the world” in Mt 5:13