Salt and light The Most Indispensable Thing

http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/salt.html#bechstein

Joke: BRITISH NAVY
VS IRISH
This is the transcript of the ACTUAL radio conversation between the British and the Irish, off the coast of Kerry, October
1998.

Radio conversation released by the Chief of Naval Operations IRISH: Please divert your course 15 degrees to the South, to avoid a collision.

BRITISH: Recommend you divert your course 15 degrees to the North, to avoid a collision.

IRISH: Negative. You will have to divert your course 15 degrees to the South to avoid a collision.

BRITISH: This is the Captain of a British navy ship. I say again, divert YOUR course.

IRISH: Negative. I say again, you will have to divert YOUR course.

BRITISH: THIS IS THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER HMS BRITANNIA! THE SECOND LARGEST SHIP IN THE BRITISH ATLANTIC FLEET. WE ARE ACCOMPANIED BY THREE DESTROYERS, THREE CRUISERS, AND NUMEROUS SUPPORT VESSELS. I DEMAND THAT YOU CHANGE YOUR COURSE 15 DEGREES NORTH, I SAY AGAIN, THAT IS 15 DEGREES NORTH, OR COUNTER-MEASURES WILL BE UNDERTAKEN TO ENSURE

THE SAFETY OF THIS SHIP.

IRISH: We are a lighthouse. Your call.

http://bible.oremus.org/?passage=Matthew+5 (verses 12-20)

Lighthouse e.g. warning of danger – if you continue
on this path. There are prophets mentioned in passage: light teaches us, showing the way. The lighthouse has that dual functionality of warning us away but also steering us between the rocks. There are dangerous coastlines, hazardous shoals, reefs, but also safe entries to harbours. Light is everywhere the symbol of joy and of life-giving power, darkness is associated with death and destruction. Lighting up a surface is simple seeing what it’s for and not to be kept to yourself. We are a lamp where we can and must share light without losing the benefit it.

Salt has many different uses: purifying, preserving, cleaning and tasting. This is Jesus’s story saying our mission is to be Light. So do what is right, tell others to do what is right. With salt we need to be something/one that people want to have around. Our outreach needs to let people see us. Personal lives cannot alone be everything, we need to spread the word. Let us be people that taste good that people want to be around. The problem is how to be salt and light? Is it all about being nice and good? We have often suffered warnings from other Christians denomination on how we approach the LGBT issues. How do we help gay Christians? Warnings and Protest? Facebook is better or worse with the bullying and further persecutions as well as the opportunity to be supported and reach many people. Where are my blind spots? Cannot see anything that I think that is unreasonable. If so go back in time that until recently we didn’t include all and were sometimes anti-transgendered. Including Transgendered people in lesbian events? At a LGCM Conference I, Julia met a couple M2F and spent time with them They were salt and light to me who they were what they said and they didn’t try to change me It was good to be around them and they let me see them and they befriended me and they changed me for the better.

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