Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Being Salty Salt

"You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet." (Matthew 5:13)

This verse has recently taken on a new meaning for me. Sure, I've read it many times. I can recite it. But lately, it has a significance that I can't get off my mind. I've said to myself, "Sure, this passage means that I should be a difference in a world of sin; that I should be drawing attention to the gospel." But last Friday, I heard a great quote. It made me really think.

About a quarter of the American population claims to be born-again Christian. Listen to this quote:

"A pound of meat would surely be affected by a quarter pound of salt."

It's so true! Picture yourself taking a bite of hamburger: a quarter of it's weight is salt. You wouldn't be able to stand it. You would spit it out immediately. Christ used "salt" for a reason. Salt is unmistakable. You can't miss it. Even if only an 1/8 of a pound of salt was in a pound of meat, it would still be too salty.

It's my motivation to be SALTY salt :)


Nathaniel M said...

Very nice post! It is far too easy to be complacent and mild as an American Christian. What society tells us is intolerant and bigoted is really a truth which we need to stand for with our lifestyles. This post is a great reminded of that! :)

Kristen said...

Great thoughts, Lydia! I love the analogy -- so true!