I would guess that most Christians are familiar with the teachings of Jesus in Matthew 5. In the early parts, he speaks of the beatitudes of the Kingdom of God. Echoing my pastor’s sentiments, Jesus was basically laying down the foundations, the constitution so to speak, of His Kingdom that was to be established here on earth. And I would certainly love to write on this, but not yet. For the time being, I’m looking at the account after the beatitudes.
Teaching about Salt and Light. That’s what my Bible entitles the following passages. Suffice to say, it is a very short entry. Yet, the first verse in that entry, shakes me to the core.
“You are the salt of the earth. But 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 by men.”
Jesus was clearly talking about His followers. As Christians, we are to be salt to this world we live in. Salt is used to preserve food — makes french fries one of the greatest things in the history of mankind, too. It keeps food from rotting and that’s pretty cool in my book. Because seeing the effect salt has on food, helps us realize our jobs here on this blue planet. The world will rot, more than it already has actually, if we Christians continue to choose the path of no resistance.
Salt can claim to be salt, because it is salty. Pretty simple, yes? Yet, so many times, I claim to be a follower of Christ and live no different than those who do not know Him. This is the dilemma of the Christian church today. And sadly, so many have fallen into Satan’s trap. The early 1900s saw a boom in God’s move on the earth. When I get the time to do so, I will try my best to post some of the highlights and bigger movements in that time. But again, what a time for Christendom it was. There was great awakening and revival in the different churches and denominations of Christianity, and a sense of social responsibility arose with that. There was a call for social reformation.
Yet somehow, along the years up to today, this idea of social reformation has somehow vanished. Christianity has once again devolved into religious practices that have no meaning beyond its superficiality. This digression has led to the birth of half-baked believers. One foot in and one foot out — the best way I can describe this. We want Jesus to be our Saviour, but we’ll happily pass up on the Lord and King part. But again, that’s also another blog post.
Right now, let’s simply look at the effects of our half-baked-ness. Simply put, we have lost our salt. And that shakes me to my core. “It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.” Very strong words from Jesus. What is our Christianity for, then, if we have lost the essence of what it means to be one? I am not against going to church, or getting involved in church-related ministries. Go ahead and God bless our endeavours. But what a shame if we went to church seven times a week, and do nothing to affect change into society. Jesus walked this planet for a mere 33 years, and turned the entire history of mankind around.
What good is our praising and jumping at church, if we are hiding in our places of supposed influence? I speak of this not because I have perfected myself, but because I am of such guilt and I feel God’s Spirit convicting me. We don’t necessarily do any overtly evil things. But sometimes, not doing anything good is just as bad. We know the truth and have been set free, to some degree which differs from each and every person. But it doesn’t change the fact that we have experienced God in different levels and ways. We have a duty and privilege to expand God’s Kingdom, not only in church but most especially in the secular realm. We must reclaim this lost world.
Jesus was the penultimate revivalist and reformer. He preached only what He did. And as we claim to be His followers and disciples, let us do as He had done two thousand years ago. Let us be salt to this dying world.
“I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” John 14:12
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