Sermon on the Mount, Second

After giving the people the Beatitudes, he gave them the following:

“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 by men.
“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 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. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”

Matthew 5:13-16. As I am moving through the sermon, I am looking for bits that challenge me. My first read of this passage is that you are not allowed to be quiet. You can just be Christian all by yourself.

The next thing I notice is that Jesus does not say, “I am the light of the world,” here. He says, “You are the light of the world.” Taking that very literally is significant to me. And if we ever lose are ability to change the environment we are in, then we should “be thrown out and trampled.” Which I read as strong suggestion not to waste time with a meek faith.

So, nothing too tough for me so far.

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