by Kevin Rutherford
The city of
Perhaps these words need to be
applied to Christians today. We are
living in the St. Louis Metropolitan Area.
In this region there are over 2.5 million souls who need the gospel of
Christ. Were God to speak to us in
visions today (and He does not) perhaps He would say to us, “Do not be afraid, but speak, and do not keep
silent.” We have a responsibility
to teach the lost (Mark ). We dare not sit back and keep silent, while
the devil preaches his powerful message of sin, rebellion, and debauchery. Our city contains the same sins of the city
Do not be afraid to influence those whom you know by what you do. We are to live our lives in such a way that we are like a city set on a hill that cannot be hidden (Matthew -16). A light stands out in darkness. Christians stand out among those blinded by the darkness of sin. By doing what is right and pleasing to God we can influence our society and perhaps even save some souls.
We should not be afraid to speak the truth to those whom we know. When moral or religious issues come up in conversation always be ready to tell people what the Bible says (1 Peter ). Invite people to church, and bring up the topic of their souls salvation. Invite them to take the Bible lessons through the mail or to sit down for a Bible study. “Do not be afraid, but speak, and do not keep silent (Acts 18:9).”