“You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot.
“You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all 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. (Mt 5:13–16).
What would your food taste like if you always forgot to add the salt? How dreary would your life be if you never turned on the lights in your home?
When we hide our faith from others, that's exactly what we're doing. We forget to apply God's seasoning to the world. We neglect to shine the light of Christ into the deep need of the world.
In her sermon this week, Rev. Dr. Tina Hosler reminds us that Jesus' audience was living in a similar situation to our 21st Century, post-Christian context. The government was not based on religious values as it had been in the days of Israel's independence. Jews and the early Christians were strange to the wider culture.
Jesus' audience, including us, has a choice. Will we blend into the bland darkness? Or will we season this world with our witness and bring the hope of light to those who are struggling?
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When you see your salt shaker, remember to be the salt of the earth. When you turn on the lights, remember to reflect God's light brightly to others.