Salty and Bright

Sara Leo

READ : Matthew 5:13-16

You are the salt of the earth . . . You are the Light of the world. (vv. 13 and 15 NIV)

Christians often struggle with how to interact with popular culture: things like
movies, television, books, music, or the Internet. One option is to separate ourselves
altogether. This way we don’t have to think about our decisions. Another is to
unthinkingly embrace everything. Standing somewhere in the middle will draw fire from both
sides. Those who only listen to Christian radio, watch Christian movies, and read
Christian books might call others too worldly. People who don’t hesitate to engage
whatever movie/music/show/website is popular that week might tell others to lighten up.

For those Christians who want to engage our culture without embracing its sin, striking
a balance can be tricky. Jesus called his followers salt and light. Salt must mix with and
light must shine upon. A good example of this is the band U2. U2 has been popular for over
twenty years. Their music is good by any standard. They have sold millions of albums, won
numerous awards, and have grown as artists. Bono, U2’s lead singer, is a Christian who
speaks out on issues like justice, mercy, and compassion. U2’s music has reflected a faith
that is complex, sometimes brooding, and occasionally dark and painful. But U2 has been
salt and light. Through their music they share their faith in a way that even nonbelievers
can relate to. After all, tasteless salt and hidden light do no one any good.


Lord, help us to be salt and light in the world.