Sermon Illustrations

We never seem to quite fully understand that side of God in our times. We never seem to feel that when God is dishonoured, we must defend him. We must stand up to sin in all its forms. We are put to shame in some ways by those who follow Mohamed. When a few seemingly innocuous cartoons were published in a Danish newspaper in 2005 there was a holy or unholy row depending on your point of view. They have a sensitivity to the unholy that is admirable in many ways. We Christians allow God to be too easily insulted. We do not seem to feel it when our God is maligned. We do not stand up when our own people bring God in to disrepute. If we did, we might be better respected.

Matthew 5:14-16.

14"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 15Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven

The opposite is true. If we do not let our light shine before men, our Father will not be praised.