For many Christians the pressure to engage a dark and dangerous world results in either an extreme position against it or an abandonment of their previous convictions. We need to discover God’s deep love for the world. Thanks to what God did in Christ, humanity deserves nothing less than to hear the glorious, good news of the redemption that has been made available to them.
And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. 19For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation.
2 Cor 5:18-19 NLT
Romans 4:25 says Christ was put to death because of our offenses but was raised because of our justification.
For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son.
Rom 5:10 NLT
Now we have great confidence to appeal to every man’s conscience to realize the truth that they are already redeemed and forgiven. Every individual now can come to Christ by faith and receive Him as Savior and Lord.
In His lordship over our lives, we find a whole new expression of what life is all about. Creation becomes something to be enjoyed and therefore we tend to it as our physical habitat with responsibility. Humanity becomes the object and focus of love and relations. We celebrate mankind as God’s representative here on earth. Through His work in and through us we bring God’s presence to every place!
'“Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage. “Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.
Matthew 5:13-16 MSG