YOU are the salt of the earth. YOU are the light of the world.
– Jesus, Matthew 5:13-16
Light illuminates and salt preserves and adds flavor. This was the mark of Jesus' message and life. He illuminates our condition and preserves the original intention for our lives by adding a great sense of flavor to life. This really is life and life more abundantly! It is what my personal faith in Christ draws me into.
While Shawna and I were in Florida for a Foursquare Convention, we saw planes flying banners over Disney World that read in english and spanish, "Warning: Gay Day at Disney World 6/1". I joked with other pastors that the Westboro Baptist Church paid for those. Really, I don't know who paid for them (though I'm proud to say it wasn't Foursquare), but it is sad to think that I'd be shocked if it wasn't a church. What a terrible waste of money and energy.
The mentality behind those banners preserves nothing of God's love nor does it add any flavor – other than bitterness. It really weighed on my heart all that day after seeing them flying over us for an hour.
In a recent homily, Pope Francis remarked:
"The Lord has created us in His image and likeness, and has given us this commandment in the depths of our heart: do good and do not do evil. ... We must meet one another doing good. ‘But I don’t believe, Father, I am an atheist!’ But do good: we will meet one another there."
Can we meet each other in our united identity as people all created in the image and likeness of God? Can we meet each other in our mutual desire to do good and receive goodness? If we do, the true reality, presence, and love of Christ will outweigh our difference in opinions and theology.
Please understand, opinions and theology aren't bad, but we have let our ideas, opinions, and thoughts about Christ become greater to us than the abiding love and presence of Christ within us. We have fallen into worshiping our theology and not Christ. Who is all and is in all.