The Bible calls on Christians to be visible. They cross the stage of redemptive history, cast in the vital role of being salt and light. Individually they are not much better than the kid who played a tree in the school play. Just salt. Just light. Usually there is no lead role, and no name on the marquee. But here is how the role is different than the tree guy. Believers aren’t stationary objects, and are not passive. Blending in unnoticed is not our calling. We don’t secretly salt and light. Instead it’s bold engagement with the world. Not rude pontification, but consistent, courageous, publically visible engagement. This is the instruction of Philippians 4:5, to be reasonable or gentle. The part is played in the open, vulnerable to the pressure of the world that squeezes out the virtue in view here. Without persecution there is no display of forbearance. Without injustice there is no display of confidence in a heavenly judge. If we cannot be seen, we cannot be stepped on occasionally. However if we live in the shadow of that possibility, we also live with the opportunity to display virtues that manifest the power of the Holy Spirit.