This is a three part series:
I recently heard this from someone and the instant I heard it, I knew I had thought this way for a long time. It’s one of the things that fundamentally sets me apart from so much of the church. Ask yourself this question: do you think our job as a Christian is to go into the world to get people saved and then get them into a “safe” church? Or do you think our job as a Christian is to go out into the world and transform it by loving the people in the world where they are and as they are?
I have always been a transformer. (Maybe thats why I loved the transformers movie so much?) I think our job is to be salt and light. We don’t go in to rescue and bring them out, we go in to change the world, to improve it, to make it better.
“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 by men. “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. either 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 men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. – Matthew 5:13-16
What does being salt mean? If you have a meal and it’s boring and bland, when you add some salt, suddenly this little change brings out the best in the meal. Suddenly the meal tastes good. Salt is put into food, not kept apart from food.
What does being light mean? If you’re walking down a dark road, you’re feeling nervous and insecure about each step. When someone brings a little light to you, you right away feel safe and you can begin to enjoy the walk. Light is put into dark situations, not kept out of them.