The famous British theologian and Anglican Priest John Stott said, “We should not ask, ‘What is wrong with the world?’ for that diagnosis has already been given. Rather, we should ask, ‘What has happened to the salt and light?'”
That is a really relevant and appropriate question for us as we navigate the inundation of the media bombardment of all that is wrong with the world. Politics, terrorism, racism, sexism, and human injustice is visible and present and we will allow and often perceived this as the final word and image, which is depressing and not acceptable. Early on in Jesus’ ministry he spoke to this in His sermon on the mount as recorded 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 on by men.
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 men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.”
In speaking these words, Jesus was creating an awareness that those who followed Him would be equipped to love and enlighten a world of people dying in bland darkness. Join me today in prayer and action to respond in such a way where the question is never raised, “Where is the salt and the light?” Let it be so in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit! Amen