13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its saltiness, how will it become salty again? It’s good for nothing except to be thrown away and trampled under people’s feet. 14 You are the light of the world. A city on top of a hill can’t be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a basket. Instead, they put it on top of a lampstand, and it shines on all who are in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before people, so they can see the good things you do and praise your Father who is in heaven. – Matthew 5: 13-16 (CEB)
Knowledge without action is wasted and worthless, or as James 2:17 proclaims, “In the same way, faith is dead when it doesn’t result in faithful activity.” I think that’s what Jesus is getting at in the verses above from Matthew.
What good is what you believe or what you know, if it doesn’t change your heart and the way live? Jesus encourages his disciples to put their faith into action. Do you believe God calls us to care for yet to be born children and the future of the planet they will live on? Act. Do you believe in caring for widows and children? Act. Do you believe in caring for the hungry and the homeless? Act. Do you believe in equity for all people? Act. Do you believe in _______? Act.
Today’s scripture challenges us to put our faith into action. While I hate the need for protests, I’m actually encouraged by seeing people put their faith into action by caring for immigrants, women, children, and people of color. Standing up for our neighbors is putting our faith into action. Our world needs us to be the salt of the earth, the light on the hill now more than ever.
Prayer: Lord, you have shown us mercy and love, that we might be loving and merciful. Give us the courage to put our faith into action, to speak for those marginalized by our society, our laws, our religion or our governing principalities. Send us out today to be salt for the earth, the light on the hill. Amen.