A Good Salt Rub

January 1, 2014
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There’s this understanding of holiness that’s ever-present in Protestantism that is very one-sided. Be holy and avoid immorality at all costs. That seems to be the battle cry of the church. But you can’t do battle in a bubble, can you?

The bubble I speak of is the one where Christians strive hard after being like Christ just as long as we get to avoid any uncomfortable, dark, wicked, sinfully displayed environment where our holiness is tested. In other words, we don’t like getting rubbed the wrong way. We’ll do all we can to avoid it. So when Jesus told his followers, and preachers tell believers now, that you are the salt of the earth and light of the world, perhaps we need to re-evaluate exactly why the earth needs salt and the world needs light.

Jesus, in John’s gospel, describes the world in general and the ones whom hate God and Jesus as darkness. In fact, anyone who hates biblical truth lives in darkness. Indeed there are some who vacation in darkness to get a break from doing the right thing, but they too are only fooling themselves. This is the very world and people we encounter at family functions, our daily jobs, our churches, our hangouts, our stores, our gas stations…basically this darkness is everywhere. So in reality we only have two options: ignore the darkness and find ways to suffer through the darkness, or invade that darkness with your salty light. This earth needs to be changed and transformed to make much of God’s glory, but that can’t happen if God’s people aren’t faithful to give it a good salt rub while walking around in it as lights of reconciliation and hope.

Imagine this – you were called by God in sanctification to be consecrated to him and walk out the good works he prepared for you, and one of the good works is being salt and light. So as Jesus ascended having given his followers a mandate to make disciples and transform this world through his power and presence, he did so harkening back to our salt and light effectiveness that we were gifted with at the moment of our salvation.

So as this new year dawns upon us, I pray that we, the church, wrap our minds around the fact that we’re consecrated to God (holy), are called salt and light (by no basis of our own), placed into this realm of darkness to be lights of reconciliation and hope (gospel), and that this world needs a good salt rub.