Like Salt & Light

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Like Salt & Light

“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:13-15).

In this familiar portion of scripture, Jesus offers two illustrations and one exhortation to help the church understand its identity and purpose in this world.

Illustration one: Salt was used in ancient times as a preservative agent. While it could not prevent the process of decomposition, it slowed the process considerably.

Illustration two: Light obviously pierces darkness. A well-lit and elevated city helps travelers find their way home. Likewise, a well-lit room is the safest to navigate.

These two illustrations are obvious enough in their meaning and the exhortation that flows from them is also easy to understand: The church must function as salt and light in a dark and decomposing world.

More specifically, this means the church should seek to arrest the creeping rot of societal iniquity and expose the evil works of cultural darkness.

There are many ways we might apply this calling, but I would like you to think about just one possible application: Participating in the Reedsburg Life Chain

We will be standing together for truth and life on October 1st at 2:00 PM at the corner of Main St. & Viking Dr.

Like salt, we purpose to decelerate the ongoing decay of our civilization by confronting the mass slaughter of children through surgical abortion and abortifacient birth control.

Like light, we purpose to pierce the darkness of this present evil age with God’s truth so that hurting souls can find their way back home to God’s city of grace, mercy, and peace.

Keep your salt salty and let your light shine.

– Christian McShaffrey