Often times, in the church, we tend to approach a situation with heat, rather than light. When we are confronted with somethung that is in contrast with our beliefs, of faced with an extreme situation, we tend to bring out our "holy lazer guns" and blast it with the heat of our spiritual power. The problem with this is, we may totally burn up what's there, with no hope of ever restoring or recovering the people involved, or the situation.
So, how effective is it to blast everything with heat? Would it not be better to apply light to the darkness of the situation, revealing the darkness, sin, and the hidden things, for the purpose of bringing about positive change with grace, resulting in restoration?
In fact, the Scriptures teach us this principal. Jesus Himself said: "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven" (Matthew 5:16). The point here is to let the light of Jesus shine through us, to those who are living in the darkness.
Jesus also said: "Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life" (John 8:12).
To put this in contrast, it is about attraction rather than just exposure and promotion. If all we do is expose the darkness and sin, without ever offering the solution, applied with grace and mercy, then we fail to accomplish what Jesus called us to do; make disciples.
Gods people and the church should be like a lighthouse, guiding lost humanity through the dark, troubled, sinful waters of life, to salvation and safety.
Matthew 5:14 "Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid."
DON'T HIDE IT, SHINE IT!!