Christians called to be salt, light by influencing world for good


On April 27, I read a Facebook post from someone who was sharing about a recent encounter with a well-known and beloved local physician.

After reading this post, I began reflecting on the life of this man, who well into his 80s is still making a difference in his community and the surrounding area.

From my perspective, he seems like a man who has lived out his faith and is leaving a very positive impression on his world. Qualities we would all do well to emulate.

Sometimes, people are referred to as “the salt of the earth.” I believe this statement has its origin in the words of Jesus from the Sermon on the Mount. He said, “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.”

Jesus went on to say, “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” (See Matthew 5:13-16)

Christians have been called to make every effort to affect the world around them. If we are too much like the world, we are worthless. We are not to blend in with everyone else. Instead, we have been called to influence and affect others in positive ways.

Just like seasoning brings out the best flavor in food, Christians are to bring out the best in their world. Just as light illuminates the darkness, we are to let our light shine to brighten our world and make it a better place.

Dr. Kenneth Bobb and I have had only a few conversations. I cannot say that I truly know him. We did share a table at a banquet a few years ago, and it was an honor to do so. From all that I have seen and heard, he continues to make this world a better place as he serves others each day in a spirit of Christian love.

I know that I join untold hundreds and even thousands of people in Jackson County and the surrounding area who thank God for people like Dr. Bobb who are letting their light shine so brightly. Thank you, Doctor.

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