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Salt and Light - These are the illustrations Jesus used to explain the church’s identity and purpose in this world (Matthew 5:13-15).

Salt was used in ancient times as a preservative agent. It could not prevent decomposition, but it slowed the process considerably.

Light, obviously, eliminates darkness. A well-lit city helps travelers find their way home. Likewise, a well-lit room is always the safest to navigate.

The application of these illustrations is this: The church exists to arrest the creeping rot of iniquity and expose the evil works of darkness in society.

The annual Reedsburg Life Chain is one opportunity for Christians to embrace their identity and fulfill their purpose.

We stood together for truth and life Oct. 1 at 2 p.m. at the corner of Main St. and Viking Dr.

Like salt, we purpose to decelerate the ongoing decay of our civilization by confronting the mass slaughter of children through surgical abortion and abortifacient birth control.

Like light, we purpose to pierce the darkness of this present evil age with God’s truth so that lost and hurting souls can find their way home to God’s city of peace.

Keep your salt salty and let your light shine.

Christian M. McShaffrey