Salt and Light
by Tracy Gordon
“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 underfoot. You are the light of the world. A town built 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 others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” –Matthew 5:13-16
World War II veteran and motivational speaker, Zig Ziglar once said, “Integrity gives you real freedom because you have nothing to fear since you have nothing to hide.” With both Election Day and Veteran’s Day approaching this week, the word “freedom” really strikes a chord with me. While we have much to admire, love, and be thankful for in being able to call America our home, our nation is rapidly drifting from its biblical foundations. Our freedom to serve God and to promote the gospel in our land is disintegrating. We are engaged in a great spiritual battle that threatens our country, our families, and our lives.
The good news, friends, is that hope remains. God has called us to be salt and light to the world (Matt 5:13-16). However, we must take seriously our responsibility to put God first, not only in our homes, but also in our national affairs. We must pray that the hand of Almighty God might show forth His mercy and intervene with His grace toward America. We must fight for what is right in God’s eyes as spoken through His Word. Our Lord has taught us that when we put our hands to the plow of a righteous cause, we are never to look back, but to persevere and prevail (Luke 9:62).
So many amazing men and women of our armed forces have given their lives or continue to fight in order to preserve our freedom or to help others gain theirs. Their sacrifice must not be in vain; we simply must do our part. Let us bend our knees and humble our hearts and pray. Let us be willing to be used by God to help turn this great nation back to Him. Let us stand in the gap and make our lives to be salt and light in our families, neighborhoods, and workplaces. God wants to come and bless us, to forgive our sins, and heal our land, but we must be willing to partner with Him, for “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery” (Gal. 5:1). Jesus is on the throne! He has my vote—how about yours? Let us be willing to campaign for Him.
Lord Jesus, thank You for the gift of freedom that many fight to protect and for which You ultimately paid the price. Help us to be the salt and light in our families and communities. We pray that You would unify Your people for the glory of Your name and give Your wisdom and discernment to those in authority. We pray for servant leaders who love the things You love and govern with godly leadership. We praise You, that You are the King of kings and the Lord of Lords. It is in Your precious name we pray, Amen.