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. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:13-16
You might wonder why I think it’s so important for Christians to lead the cause of abolition. Some might think that we should just wait for Jesus to come again.
That’s the tip of a big theological debate. It’s similar to the debate between Calvinists and non-Calvinists. You know the one. If there are people that are chosen, then why should we go out and witness? If the chosen are already chosen, then what’s the point of witnessing? You know how those theological debates go.
I don’t necessarily have the answer. I understand the question. We know that Jesus is going to take care of human trafficking, and indeed all suffering and injustice. So why do we need to do anything? And I can’t give a definitive theological answer to that question. I only know this: defeating injustice is what I was asked to do.
I was just reading 1 John, where it says,
Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. 1 John 2:3-5
In other words, as a follower of Christ, you are to carry out the commands of Jesus. And Jesus only gave us two commands: Love the Lord God with all your heart, soul, and mind, and love your neighbor as yourself. When you see those two commands, when you think about them, and talk about them, and try them out in life, you realize they sum up all of life! Because the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23
Believers find the love of Jesus, and that fulfills our souls. Obviously our fulfillment won’t come to full fruition until Jesus comes. But while we walk the earth, we’re to live as salt and light. All we have to do is love. We preserve humanity by loving humanity. We shine light on humanity by loving humanity.
And when we shine the light of love on humanity, we expose the people that live in the darkness, and force others into the darkness with them.
Jesus saved us and showed us how to live. He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked. 1 John 2:6
More on this next time. See you Wednesday.