This week's sermon is from Pastor Wing So: Recently the old Pagoda Palace Theater in North Beach was demolished to make room for the new Central Subway project. It had stood vacant for many years and some developers had big plans for this property. But in the late 90's the neighborhood and the church were opposed to any project that would allow the development of another place that would serve liquor. Pastor So and the church board took a stand because they believed that SFEFC should be salt and light in the community,
In the passage from Matthew 5, Jesus uses two metaphors to describe how his followers were to be in the world. The first is salt and the second is light.
Before the widespread use of refrigeration, salt was used as a preservative. Certain salts were also known for the healing effects, especially from the Dead Sea. It had long been touted for healing ailments and bringing great relaxation. Salt has a potent effect.
In fact Jesus even stated that " 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." Similarly, Christ's followers were called to have that same effect on the community around them.
Jesus also called his followers, "the light of the world." Light dispels darkness and makes things stand out. Is SFEFC a light in the Chinatown/North Beach community? Are you salt and light in the community where God has placed you?