What must be the Christian Response?
Therefore, what are Christians supposed to do in this society of business, greed, and indifference towards one neighbor? The answer is simple. We are to shine as lights of Christ. We are supposed to be an immoveable city built upon a hill, just as Job. We are to preserve as salt, and are to maintain our saltiness, for “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,” (Matt. 5:13 ESV).
We are to take the call of Jesus, turn off our business partners’ cell phones, log out of social media, take a break from work, and go into the world to care for God’s creations. We are to follow what the Apostle James refers to as the pure and undefiled religion, which teaches caring for the orphans and widows and helps us keep ourselves unstained by the world (James 1:27).
It may be difficult to conquer the passion of greed and covetousness. It is even more difficult to find a sober moment in the business of the globalist society. Nonetheless, the eternal commands of Jesus ring just as clearly today as they did in His own time. “Individual sympathy and understanding,” Walter Rauschenbusch writes, “has been our chief reliance in the past for overcoming the differences between social classes. But if this sympathy diminishes by the widening of the social chasm, what hope have we?” If any good change can happen in the world, that can happen through Christ-like love and compassion for the hungry, poor, and down-trodden by individuals seeking to carry out the messages of the gospel in every way possible.
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How does sympathy and understanding help you to overcome differences and overlook offense with the people arounds you?
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