In Matthew, chapter 5, Jesus tells his followers that they are the “salt of the earth.” The metaphor is every
bit as meaningful to followers of Christ today as it was to its original hearers: Even the best gourmet meal falls
flat without salt. The same applies to the metaphor of light. When in darkness, people are confused, fearful,
lacking direction. But with the light comes clarity, understanding, confidence, wisdom, and truth.
Some who graduate from Christian colleges and universities follow a call to professional ministry. But the
mission of the Christian college movement has sought to integrate faith and learning, regardless of the
chosen vocation or academic field. Each year, young men and women go into the world as teachers;
others are police officers, musicians, businesspersons, or government workers. But all are salt and light.