“How Should We Then Live?”

Updated: Jan 25, 2021

Keith West, Founder & President

“How Should We Then Live?”

By Keith West

Recently, in light of current national and global events, I have been reflecting on a question asked by Francis Schaeffer, an American theologian who died in 1984. In the late 1970’s, he wrote a book and produced a film series entitled, “How Should We Then Live?” Although the question was posed from a Christian perspective regarding the rise and decline of Western culture, I found it helpful to repurpose the question to reflect on our present circumstances and how we as Christians must search for a way to navigate and remain steadfast in such uncertain and confusing times.

This is a great and timely question for Christians to ponder. God’s Word holds the answers that all of us need to hear. As I share a few answers with you today directly from the pages of Scripture, my prayer is that we will all be encouraged and convicted by the Holy Spirit. Keep in mind that this is not an exhaustive list of answers, but I believe it is a good place for most of us to start.

How Should We Then Live?

As Salt and Light

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither 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. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

(Matthew 5:13-16 NIV)

As Peacemakers

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.” (Matthew 5:9 NIV)

“If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”

(Romans 12:18 NIV)

As a Loving Community

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.”

(Matthew 5:43-45 NIV)

As a Praying Church

“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.”

(1 Timothy 2:1-4 NIV)

As Ambassadors of Reconciliation

“...And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.”

(2 Corinthians 5:19-20 NIV)

I encourage you to let God’s Word soak into the hurting places of your life right now. All the uncertainty, anxiety, pain, and disillusionment that might be troubling you are known by God. He has provided His timeless Word and the encouragement of the Holy Spirit to lift up your head and give you spiritual and emotional strength in the midst of your human weakness. In fact, His strength is made perfect in our weakness, which causes us to declare like the Apostle Paul, “When I am weak, then I am strong.” God’s purpose is that your life becomes the sweet aroma of Christ in a world that so desperately needs a Savior. He has answered the question, “How Should We Then Live?” with timeless and practical answers that bring life, encouragement, and hope to the despairing Christian. I encourage you to search the Scriptures today and claim the answers that God wants to reveal and that your soul longs to hear.

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