Salt and Light
Let Christian faith and hope dispel
The fears of guilt and woe;
The Lord Almighty is our friend,
And who can prove a foe?
The Savior died, but rose again
Triumphant from the grave,
If we but be His Salt and Light
He is Omnipotent to save.
Who then can ever divide us more
From Jesus’ saving love,
Or break the sacred chain that binds
The earth to heaven above?
Let troubles rise and terrors frown,
And days of darkness fall;
Through Christ all dangers we’ll defy,
And more than conquer all.
Not death, nor life, nor earth, nor hell,
Nor time’s destroying sway
Can ever erase us from his heart,
Or make his love decay.
Each future period that will bless
As it has blessed the past;
Christ loved us from the first of time;
Christ loves us to the last.
And let us show his love delight
To a world in need of Him
May we ever be His Salt and Light,
Before our final journey begins.
How Every Christian Can Help
In the ancient biblical world, salt was a precious commodity. It gave flavor and zest to food; it served as an important preservative; salt also made people thirst for something more. Jesus wanted his disciples to give flavor and zest to the world through his teaching; to preserve the truth as he proclaimed it to the world; to make the world thirst for more.
I believe we are experiencing the beginning of a “World in Crisis.” Each believer, along with the Church at large, has much to do before Christ returns. If there is a secret weapon, a silver bullet, or spiritual cannon that can catapult us (the church) into the next millennia with life-changing power, it is the concept of divine-humility walked out in daily lives within the Community of Faith through the doorway of — “Openness to Brokenness.” Becoming “Salt” and “Light” to the bruised and broken is important. The pathway to significance for the church through the ages has always been found on its knees, humbled and “poured out” before a Holy God.
The only hope of presenting the gospel in a practical, biblically sound, relevant way comes from the lives of sold-out believers poured-out at the foot of the Cross. For the church to emerge as a spiritual compass and guide to those beset by failed religions or wounded in world-crises, the church must rally now to form a unified alliance and show of solidarity by reaching out to a hurting world, knowing that even “greater crises” are around the bend in world history. If what has happened recently in the news regarding attacks on humans and churches is a preview of what is to come, then the church must become the vanguard of hope, love and assistance to a lost and hurting world.
For the church to reach our planet with the Good News – with feet, we must move beyond our four walls to help the brokenhearted. Christians are called to be salt and light. Salt is a healing agent. A church filled with “light” illuminates the way for those in darkness. Each believer is called to help reshape the planet’s spiritual landscape with a radically-transforming manifestation of love, hope and grace – to this world! It is needed here, not in heaven. While we face many challenges to become an emerging church of relevancy in this century, I remain steadfastly confident the community of faith will triumph as it embraces and evangelizes the dramatic cultural diversities using the gifts and tools at our disposal, stretching on a consistent basis to help those in crises. May each of us be broken before our Lord, volunteering daily to help alleviate the pain we find in this world in preparation for His return.
Meet the Author
Alan Bullock has a BA in Biblical Studies, a Master’s Degree in Biblical Counseling, and an earned Doctor of Theology. In addition, Alan is a Certified Pastor Counselor, a member of The International Association of Christian Counseling Professionals (IACCP), and also a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC).