This morning we talked through the section in Matthew 5 concerning Salt and Light.
13 “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 underfoot.
14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither 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. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Interestingly enough, there were questions concerning our response to 'being' salt and light in the world. Is this a section where Jesus is asking those who follow Him to stand out and be different, OR; is this a reminder that the Kingdom of God is just going to look different from the Kingdom of the world.
Yesterday I saw an article on a Valedictorian that "Stood up for His Faith." CLICK FOR ARTICLE HERE. Evidently Roy Costner IV decided to tear up his pre-approved valedictorian speech and recite the Lord's Prayer in spite of the rules the school board adopted for separation of school and religion.
There were cheers all through the Christian community as this bold young man took a stand in the face of adversity, but is this really what our gospel has come to?
I understand the need to express your faith in places where people need hope.
I understand the passion of youth to raise an issue of importance.
I even get the bigger picture of the way faith is slowly being eradicated from the public school system.
But in the end, this story begs the question, "What was Mr. Costner's End Goal?"
Was it to declare his faith in the face of adversity?
Was it to change the policy of the school board concerning prayers?
Was it to show the students in his class how important faith was?
But one thing I do know, there are a lot of people who want to stand up and be counted for their faith for their own personal agenda. I would wonder if the end game in being salt and light is being a stanchion for God, OR; is it to be so attractive in the face of a hopeless world, there's just something different about the way we live?
We had a GREAT conversation this morning about striking the balance between the two. I'd love to know what you think...