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Salt and Light of the World - Matt 5:13-16 PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Tsang   
Thursday, 03 May 2018 12:02


In order to be salt and light of the world, we are called to:

1. Go in to places where there is no light.

2. Stand out and be different.

3. Bless and give gifts to those around us.


Steve shared three stories of Christians who attempted to be salt and light of the world.


1. Barronelle Stutzman, a florist in Richland, WA who chose not to provide flowers for a same gender wedding. Stutzman had previously sold the couple flowers and knew that they were gay. However, Stutzman informed them that she could not provide flowers for their wedding because same-sex marriage was incompatible with her Christian beliefs. Stutzman’s stance (along with others who took a similar course of action) resulted in the courts.



2. Saint Telemachus (~400AD) was a monk who went to Rome to spread the message of Christ. Upon arriving in Rome, he was caught up in the crowds and found himself in the Roman Coliseum where a gladiator fight was about to take place. The grotesque nature of this sport appalled him. Telemachus ended up in the arena, struck by a gladiator, and in his death, his cry for them to stop this violence touched many. One by one, people started to leave until the whole arena was empty. History claims that this was the very last gladiator fight at the Roman coliseum.


3. Samuel Ajayi Crowther, African and Yoruba Missionary Bishop. Crowther was captured as a young boy by slave traders and was saved by the British Royal Navy. He was taken to Freetown, Sierre Leone and cared for by the Anglican Missionary Society where he became a follower of Christ. Crowther became a scholar and well versed in many languages. Crowther returned to Nigeria and translated the Bible into the Yoruba language and brought the gift of literacy to Nigeria. Today, there are over 15 million believers in Nigeria.


Jesus himself went into the world, differentiated himself, and offered many gifts to us. For us to ponder: Where has God called me to go? How can I be salt and light to those around us? How can the church collectively be salt and light in the world?


Peace and grace, John

Last Updated on Friday, 04 May 2018 12:13