Here’s why… The church as a whole, has lost its saltiness.
Despite the airwaves blanketing our great country with Christian radio and TV, the decline continues and at breakneck speed. Although these venues have an impact, they are entirely insufficient to preserve our culture, let alone improve it. We’ve delegated our personal responsibility to be salt and light, to those in leadership in the body of Christ.
Not so in the ancient world.
Here was the church’s reputation in the first century as recorded in Acts 17… “These who have turned the world upside down have come here too… and these are all acting contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying there is another king—Jesus.” So much for your understanding of Romans 13, but that’s another topic for another day.
It is the church who has been turned upside down. We are nicer than Jesus, politically correct and just plain stupid! We’ve traded the water of the Word for the Kool-Aid of the world. But it gets worse.
The Kool-Aid is laced!
Laced with soft porn in commercials and worse in the movies. Laced with profanity that denigrates our fellow man. Laced with gratuitous violence and all manner of vice mixed in with the Kool-Aid until you don’t even recognize that you’re intoxicated with the world and staggering out of the bar. And then you return to your vomit and do it again!
But hey… you fit in now. You’re one of them. They like you. But they like you because you don’t challenge them. Because you won’t expose the works of darkness they love so much. They are like the wounded animal caught in a bear trap. If you try to help them, they will most likely bite you. So instead, you pull up next to them and watch the ballgame while they die. The thought of that reality brings tears to my eyes.
We’ve forgotten the admonition that James lays out… “Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, ‘The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously’”?
But that was only James. What would he know about how Jesus felt? He was only His brother. Oh… and also one of the twelve disciples. In fact, one of the three closest. But maybe James was having a bad day when he wrote that. I think not!
Men have always preferred darkness.
It’s our job to turn on the light. As my friend Robert Henderson often says, “I have never walked into a well lit bar!” But you say, you have grace! So do I, but that’s no reason to give up your saltiness. Gird yourself like a man. Be the light in the room, not the lampshade!
It seems we are so concerned about being relevant that we have become completely irrelevant. So afraid to expose and reprove the works of darkness, that we have become joint participants – but at least we’re friends! Really? Want to be a good friend? Show them the way. Light up their path.
Jesus said if the salt has lost its saltiness, it is good for nothing but to be trodden down by men. That is exactly what is happening. Christianity is being trampled on, while Islam is being revered! Say what you want about Christians or Jesus, but say something against a false religion and you will be taken to task in the most brutal of ways. Iniquity abounds, our love has grown cold. God help us! (Matthew 24:12)
Our salt granules have become coated with a substance that allows us to look like salt but have no effect. That coating that prevents us from tasting like salt must be either burned off or washed off. Trust me when I tell you, that it is better for us to run to the water and be washed, then to be thrown in the furnace with the fire. But one way or another, it’s coming off!
I choose the water of His Word and the fullness of His Spirit to wash me daily. How about you?
On another note…
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