Scripture: Matthew 5: 13-16 MSG
“Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage.”
Though I’m not a professional chef, I am a proud connoisseur of food. In other words I love to eat, so therefore I’ve learned to embrace cooking. Early on in our first year of marriage, Mike came to realize that I wasn’t one to whip up meals in the kitchen and there were lots of trial and error dinners (and late night runs to pick up some fast food). My biggest problem I quickly learned was I rarely tasted my food before serving it. I know, I know that’s a huge mistake. For some reason I figured I could just eyeball the seasonings and it would turn out fine…I was wrong. Your palate and tastebuds are a tremendous part of cooking (just in case you didn’t know). There is nothing like tasting a lack luster meal or an overly salty and saturated one. Either one can ruin it for you.
So it’s no wonder why this infamous scripture spoke to me in the midst of all the words, Facebook posts, and endless debates going on lately. Because we all, yes ALL of us, want to be heard. Especially in the name of not being classified or misnomered in this age of labels and identifiers. We all in some way do not want anyone to speak on our behalf, and there isn’t anything wrong with that. Words, thoughts, and ideas so easily get lost in translation in the midst of fingers violently typing and conveying a message that is meant for our mouths and our actions. The internet’s fiberoptic cables have jaded our eyes to reality. Our emotional and mental tastebuds haven’t felt the authenticity of what life and true conversations have to offer in quite some time…and that’s the significance of being referenced as salt. You know the taste of a well flavored meal.
Salt is a common ingredient we all have used, more importantly it has so many uses. Nothing can replace salt, that’s the truth. Historically and presently being used to preserve meat, an antiseptic in medicine, and bring flavor; salt is a vital spice to life! However, as Christ followers we can see a verse like this and immediately sprinkle our salt and ideas to the point of distaste. You don’t think that’s possible? Ever been around a fellow Christian or someone who wears that label, and after talking you feel discouraged and turned off? I know that I have and I know there have been moments where I’ve been that person. Pouring my precious salt in the “name of Christ” only to turn someone away. I hadn’t portioned what could bring out God-flavoring in the situation, but rather my own selfish desire to be heard or seen as “Christian” enough overshadowed an opportunity.
“Sisters, don’t spend your energy spitting into the wind to win over people who will not be won. Don’t say passive aggressive things to take jabs at critics who may or may not even be listening. Stop having arguments in your head, however much you may be wining them. Drop it. Drop it all.
Speak to the highest level of your best people. Send it out like you want it returned: love, grace, courage, encouragement, kindness, humility. Do not give in to the lowest common denominator. Speak words of life, because that is the very thing that will save us.”