Going Deeper with the Message:
Salt + Light
by: Andrew Archer
I believe people today are more close-minded than ever before. Especially in our cultural context in America. Even when engaging in reasonable discourse, which is a rarity in and of itself, most of us don’t want to listen—we only want to be heard. Think about social media. No one is ever listening to anyone else, and that almost certainly includes me and you. Everyone is just shouting whatever they feel strongly about and no one is ever listening, except those who already agree.
When it comes to making an impact on our target audience, whoever that may be, oftentimes our words fall short. Sometimes that is because the person we are speaking to doesn’t want to listen but it also can be due to the way in which we are communicating our message. Regardless of the reason it’s ineffective the point remains, oftentimes our words fall short.
As Christians we have an opportunity to impact the world for the better. We should care about people—the imago dei—and our society. We should want them to thrive and we know that things will go better if we all do things God’s way. But the question is how do we influence our culture in a positive way?
On Sunday Tim shared a portion from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. Here Jesus gives us a great picture of how we are to primarily impact the world in which we live. He says this in Matthew 5:13-16:
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt should lose its taste, how can it be made salty? It’s no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.
“You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but rather on a lampstand, and it gives light for all who are in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.
Jesus shows us how we can make the greatest positive impact on the world and it’s primarily by being salt and light. It’s not with our words, remember, we live in a society that is not keen on listening.
If we want to know who is truly making an impact in this world, it’s really easy to tell; it’s not the person screaming the loudest, but rather the person shining the brightest. And the way in which we shine the brightest is by living out of who God says that we are—salt and light of the earth.
So, this week let’s not be people that shout—on social media, in person, or anywhere else—but rather people who shine the light of Christ’s love to a dark and hopeless world. Don’t let anything diminish your impact by tainting what you are—the salt and light of the earth.