Salt and Light
13“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 underfoot.
14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 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. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
What we are being told here, is that we as Christians should not hide our faith from the world. Salt has a salty taste and affects the food is is mixed into. Like wise, if one lights a lamp in a dark room, the darkness around it retreats. There would be no point to using salt if it did not affect the food around it. In the same way, A Christian who hides his/her faith, and does not proclaim the good news to others is missing the point, he/she is hiding their purpose. Jesus calls on us to spread the good news, to save those around us from eternal damnation. Furthermore, a Christian following Jesus should not be able to help spreading the good news as an outpouring of the love Jesus drowns them in.