“You are the salt of the earth.” Matthew 5:13
Since ancient times, salt has been used as a food preservative due to its ability to absorb moisture and create an environment where bacteria and mold are unable to reproduce and survive. After sharing the beatitudes - which describe the character of a genuine Christian - Jesus simply states that Christians are the salt of the earth. Although this metaphor can be applied a number of different ways, undoubtedly one of the main applications is the Christian’s duty to preserve the world from deteriorating. Just as salt fights off the bacteria and mold on the food it has been put on, we too should be fighting off the sin and immorality in the communities we’ve been placed in.
According to Jesus, this is our responsibility and it’s a great one. So often we get frustrated and blame the world for being evil and deteriorating, but that’s exactly what it does when left on its own. God has given us new life in order that we would be the ones to help with this problem. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones wrote, “Our place is to be rubbed into the secular community, as salt is rubbed into meat, to stop it going bad. And when society does go bad, we Christians tend to throw up our hands in pious horror and reproach the non-Christian world; but should we not rather reproach ourselves? One can hardly blame unsalted meat for going bad. It cannot do anything else. The real question to ask is: where is the salt?”
Indeed. Where is the salt? We are the salt. We need to realize that, and we function best as salt the more we display the character described in the beatitudes. Whenever we look around and wonder when someone is going to do something about all the putridness around us, we need to look in the mirror. God has placed each and every one one of us in a community, in a job, in a family, to control the process of deterioration sin has caused in this world.
Join us Sunday at 10am as open Matthew 5:13-16 to discover that our purpose as Christians is to be “Salt & Light” in this dark and deteriorating world. Also, this Sunday is Potluck Sunday so be sure to bring a dish to share and invite a friend or family member to join us!
God bless you all and hope to see you there!