I have truly been blown away recently at the uproar over Chick-fil-a; all because of the Christian beliefs of the founding Cathy family and their desire to impart godly standards into their company. I have personally been tagged with the label “hater” because I am in support of Chick-fil-a and the Cathy family.
Today’s blog entry is not an opportunity for me to rant or even to try to defend what I believe. In fact, I want to be sure that nothing I say will harm my testimony or come across hurtful at all. As I was on my knees this morning, I was praying for godly wisdom for the day and Holy Spirit direction in all that I say and do. As I prayed, this verse came to my mind:
“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men….
I want to be the salt of the earth, but as Caleb would say, “What does that even mean??”
I began to think of all of the advantages there are to salt and why the Lord would call us to be the “salt of the earth”. I know it enhances and compliments the taste of food, but it also serves to heal. While it does heal, have you ever had salt touch an open wound? If so, you’ll know that IT BURNS.
The Lord began to remind me this morning that this world is wounded. Those who have not experienced the redeeming love and salvation of Jesus Christ are broken, wounded, and lost; and they don’t even know it. When we as Christians speak truth to those who are spiritually lost, we are literally pouring salt on a wound. This is why we get the reactions that we do from the world when we stand up for the truth according to God’s word; the wound just received a dose of salt and IT BURNS.
While “the truth will set you free” for sure, we must also remember that sometimes “the truth hurts”. As Christ followers, it should never be our goal to hurt anyone for any reason. Ever. At all. Our conversation must be not only seasoned with salt, but also covered in love – the love of our merciful and gracious Savior, Jesus Christ. The Lord will give us the words of truth to share, or lead us to be silent.
Christians beware.…if you there is any part of your flesh that has not been crucified or totally surrendered to the Lord, you can quickly cross the line of hurt by interjecting personal feelings and opinions. This can do much damage to the cause of Christ! When we’re offended by the world, many times the Lord will lead us to be silent and pray. He leads by example. Remember, when He was being questioned prior to his crucifixion, He was silent.
He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; And as a lamb before its shearer is silent, So He opened not His mouth. – Acts 8:32
We don’t want our salt to lose it’s saltiness. That’s what happens when we allow our personal voice to be heard over the Lord’s, when we step outside of what He is leading us to share. We can damage our testimonies, further leading the lost ones around us down a road of confusion.
Finally, remember that our reward is not in this world. This world is NOT our home. If you feel hated by the world, don’t lose heart; the world hated Jesus first. It only makes sense that the world would hate His followers.
Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one. – Colossians 4:6
Christians, let’s be salt to the lost so that they thirst for the LIVING WATER!