From a Reader in Arkansas

by Michael Potemra

Responding to my post earlier today on Christians in the public square, an evangelical pastor in Arkansas sent me a terrific link to an article by conservative theologian John Piper, who discusses the metaphors of Christians as “salt” and “light” in society: “The salt of the earth does not mock rotting meat. Where it can, it saves and seasons. And where it can’t, it weeps. And the light of the world does not withdraw, saying ‘good riddance’ to godless darkness. It labors to illuminate. But not dominate. . . . We don’t own culture, and we don’t rule it. We serve it with brokenhearted joy.” Piper has been called “a staunch five-point Calvinist,” but I think his words will resonate with many people who don’t consider themselves Calvinist at all.

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