“Are You Salty?"

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I enjoy southern food, especially an occasional breakfast fare of Louisiana cheese grits, over-medium fried eggs, deep-fried venison strips (with lots of black pepper and Tabasco on it all), along with homemade butter-biscuits covered with lots of honey from our beehives, and finished-off with a big mug of Community Coffee (with Chicory) - all courtesy of my wonderful wife’s kitchen!

I still can’t believe that this former city boy from LA (not Louisiana) actually just said all that!?! Wow! God really does change people. Now, allow this budding southerner to give you a brief (novice) lesson in meat preservation: After venison is properly field-dressed it must be quickly iced-down, and then, ideally frozen. Why? Because meat decays very quickly when it is not correctly preserved. Before the days of ice and refrigeration, people would salt or smoke their meat for its preservation. In the days of the Bible’s compilation, people also understood salt’s preserving power as well as its ability to make meat tasty. That’s why Jesus said in Matthew 5:13, “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.” In other words, God has made all true Christians to be used by Him as preserving agents of culture through their very lives. If they are salt-less they are not acting as He intended them to live in this sin-soaked world. Hear some more wisdom from our Lord on this tasty chemical compound, “Salt is good, but if the salt has lost its saltiness, how will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another” (Mark 9:50). Therefore, salt represents a morally pure and spiritually maturing life (not a perfect life). Such a life is to be a preserving agent in both its church context and civil society. So, Christ exhorts all believers everywhere to be salty! Are you? Last, but not least, hear the apostle Paul weigh-in on this vital matter, “Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person” (Colossians 4:6). So then, our lives are often proven by our speech as well as our actions. Such lives speak very well. One of the saltiest Christians in the history of the church was the great British statesman, William Wilberforce (1759-1833). He’s best known for his nearly single-handed victory of abolishing the slave trade in Britain and its colonies in 1807. However, this law did not finally abolish slavery. He fought on another twenty-six years until it was officially outlawed just three days before his death. His life-long battle with abolishing slavery began on October 28, 1787, when he wrote in his diary, “God Almighty has placed before me two great objects, the Suppression of the Slave Trade, and the Reformation of manners (morals).” O for more William Wilberforce’s to impact our present age! I leave you with some final words of Wilberforce wisdom, “We can scarcely indeed look into any part of the sacred volume [the Bible] without meeting abundant proofs that it is the religion of the affections which God requires.” Amen…

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