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Devotional - week of December 29, 2013


YOU ARE SALT AND 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.  Matthew 5:13-14

In the days of Jesus, salt was put on meat to keep it from spoiling. Light has always cast out darkness. When Jesus said these words about salt and light, He was talking spiritually. Among other things, His words mean that Christians are the resources God uses to keep society from moral corruption and to drive back spiritual darkness.

The continual increase of moral corruption and darkness in our nation is evidence that many of this generation of Christians are not being the salt and light that God needs. Admittedly, in the Sermon on the Mount Jesus said that many think they are Christians, but they are not (Matthew 7:21-23). They have been baptized and joined the church. Yet, they have never repented and made Jesus Lord and Savior.

Some knowledgeable people are saying, “If evangelicals would live out their responsibility as citizens and involve themselves in the political world, they would turn our nation into the type of nation it should be.”

Years ago, a young pastor heard an older pastor say, “Stay away from politics. It is too dirty for you to involve yourself in such.” The young pastor took the older pastor’s advice. Years later, A Christian friend of the younger pastor ran for the position of a judge on an appellate court. The young pastor worked for his friend’s election. He was elected. People are still saying that politics are too dirty for Christians to participate. However, the younger pastor has not ceased being a part of the political process.   

Soon after the new judge became a member of the court, he allowed one of the other judges to read what he planned to say in a trial. In it was a quotation from the Bible. She said to the new judge, “You are not going to quote the Bible are you?” He said he was, and he did. In time, through this salt and light Christian, all of the judges of that court were meeting for prayer. 

All of God’s children need to make their salt and light visible in the political world.