The last two weeks at church the sermons have focused on Matthew 5:13 – 16 where Jesus calls his followers to both be the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Christians widely interpret this to mean that we are called to show our love of God to the rest of the world by our actions, that we will guide others by our love. I love the analogy of salt; it brings out the flavour in our meals and is used to preserve things, to keep them “good”. It is our tears and our sweat. If you get salt in a wound it will sting like crazy, but it will also cleanse. No pain, no gain right?
If this is what we are called to be then we need to be the people that speak out against injustice, against hate and against inequality, against those who use their power to silence others. We are called to do what Jesus did. I recently watched the film Suffragette and was reminded of all the women who went before me, who sacrificed to make my position in this country a better one. So what am I doing in today’s world, when it feels like everything is going to pot, to make others’ circumstances better? How am I being the salt and the light?
I am speaking out, with as much love as possible, against Trump and Theresa May’s policies, I am emailing my Member of Parliament to ensure my voice is heard, I am signing the Petition to ask our Government to re consider its position on the Dubs Amendment, which gave sanctuary to unaccompanied child refugees from Syria. I am not “deleting” friends on social media with different opinions because I don’t think echo chambers are healthy and I am trying to engage in discourse, to also listen and to challenge people to think with love. I will not be silent. I will try to be the salt and the light, however challenging that might be to me, a person who loathes confrontation. Here’s the thing though, I don’t loathe it as much as I loathe injustice.
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