Sunday, October 13, 2002

Edifier du Jour-Matthew 5:13-16(NASB)
13 "You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men. 14 "You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; 15 nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 "Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
Salt prevents decay, and our presence in the culture helps it from decaying. Light is a disinfectant as well, as it will help the things that are living to grow and help the things that aren't growing to be disintegrated. That salt and light that is Christian culture is often problematic, in that we often retreat from the world, having little contact with the world other than our jobs. It might not be communes out in the middle of nowhere as in the days of yore, but in the form of megachurches with womb-to-tomb coverage of needs, including day-care and nursing homes. There's a Christian retirement village just of the Warner Southern campus and the big Carpenter's Home Church over in Lakeland has their own retirement community. The metaphor of the city on a hill is often used, but if we don't go into the valley to meet "the unsaved" from time to time, I'm not sure how much that light has an effect. Some believers go to work, then retreat to a Christian home and church life. If you work in a Christian setting as I do (although quite a few of the students might not know the Lord yet) , you might get out of your cocoon only when you go shopping. It's a problem that I don't have a good answer to.

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