Jesus said to his disciples, ‘You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again… You are the light of the world… let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven’ (Matthew 5:13-16).

Christians are increasingly being marginalised and demonised in Australian society. Why must we insist on holding to outdated morals and standards of behaviour? Why don’t we just get with the program? We’re a hindrance. We’re a pest. We’re doing harm. Something must be done!

It’s not new. People who follow Jesus have always challenged societal norms when they drift from God’s good purposes. Whenever God’s church is faithful to its calling, Christians find themselves being slandered and reviled. Jesus told us it would be so.

But throughout human history, in all sorts of different cultures, biblically faithful churches have indeed been the salt of the earth and the light of the world. We worry too much about what the world’s doing. God has said he will bless others, not through a legislative program, but through our faithfulness to his precepts.

We get so wrapped up in elections and politicians and policy and law, thinking that such changes will inevitably lead to a better or worse world. But, unless people’s hearts are changed, it doesn’t work.

If you’re concerned about your children or grandchildren’s future, commit first to following Jesus and playing your part within his family, the church. Be salt and light. Live for his kingdom, obey his word, and rest in his love.