salt of the earth | what does that mean?

Posted on January 29, 2013



I recently tweeted an article by J.John about a website that has been set up to promote the idea of “new atheism” and what our response as Christians ought to be towards this form of teaching. Please read it – it’s very challenging.

I believe very strongly that we are in an age of lethargic Christianity. I know there are a lot of Christians who do a lot of good works in the name of Christ but all too often I come across Christians who don’t feel the need to profess the Truth as it was taught by Christ, and how it has been lived out by so many in our history, I think it warrants the same urgency, if not more so now, to stand up against what we see is wrong and corrupt in the world.

The Bible tells us,
“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? … You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid… Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”  – Matthew 5:13-16

What do people think this passage means, if it isn’t “do the best you can to make the world a better place” then what does it mean? We all are called to make the world the kind of place that God intended it to be. If God did not intend slavery, and starvation, and war, and adultery, and theft, and murder, and corruption, intolerance, then what are we doing to combat these things. Living a good life may be someone’s idea of doing their bit – but I think it’s quite a selfish way of living. Praying about it is another thing many can only do due to circumstances, and undeniably prayer is a powerful tool, but prayer without actions can very easily turn into us just asking someone else [God] to do everything for us.
I think that the verse above from Matthew is what helped inspire the likes of Wilberforce, Bonhoeffer or Martin Luther King Jr  to rise up and make the change that was needed in the way the world was. This is what is now needed again. We may not be able to *lead* a change to a situation, but we can *join* someone who had the skills to do so – to stand *for* what is right and to stand *against* what is wrong.
This verse in Matthew is about *actions*. We are to *be* the light, we are to *be* the salt. I believe we are Christ’s hands, feet and voice in this world and that we are called, as His followers to be more than people who are simply saved from our past.

I don’t think God’s purpose for our lives is to be sitting in circles and praying that a change comes. We should be aligning ourselves to the values that God holds dear.

Why “salt”? Because salt keep things from going bad!

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