What does it mean to be salt and light?

What does it mean to be salt and light in our world today? Ron Rhodes sheds some light on how this phrase applies to our lives today.

“In terms of the New Testament believer, salt indicates that the believer is to have a preservational effect in the world. We all know that salt has that preservation effect on food, and in the same way, Jesus commands us to be a light and to function as salt.”

In order to preserve our world, we have to be a part of it.

“Christians must be involved in a concrete way in our society to make it better.”

Unfortunately, many Christians are not involved in culture.

“Some Christians may have that hideous disease known by its a Latin term, non-rock-a-boats’”

As Christians, we are afraid to rock the boat, even when Jesus would want us too.

“It is a problem because the atheists are shouting us down, and the cults are shouting us down, and false religions are shouting us down. We have a lot of secret agent Christians who have never blown their cover, but Jesus tells us to be involved.”

What’s the use?

“Some people say, why should we polish the brass on a sinking ship. If the world’s going to be getting worse and worse, why should we be socially involved?

For Ron, the answer is simple.

“We should be socially involved in preserving our society and being a light and salt because Jesus commands it. By being salt and light we can actually help push back the growth of darkness in our world.”

Ron reminds us that light cannot be quenched.

“If there is a light, it’s going to push back the darkness, but if we put a big bucket over our life it’s no longer shining. How can we impact the world in that way?”


Dr. Ron Rhodes received his Th.M. and Th.D. degrees in systematic theology from Dallas Theological Seminary, graduating with honors. He is currently the president of Reasoning from the Scriptures Ministries, an apologetics organization located in Texas.

Bible Answers Hour 1
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Bible Answers Hour 2

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