Week 7 – Saltiness

November 22, 2009

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.”

Saltiness is the main distinguishing characteristic of salt. I know this isn’t the point, but back in Colorado, when it snows, they would scatter salt on the roads so that it’d be less slippery. The salt itself becomes all dirty and black. This is actually consistent with Jesus’ statement above, since being run over by cars is analogous to being trampled by men. There was also the ancient practice of salting the lands of the conquered enemies, preventing anything from growing there. Which I guess fits with Boenhoffer’s point about a person who identifies himself as a Christian yet does not live like one, is to be most pitied and rejected/separated from both the world and the body of Christ. It is solemn reminder that the effects of such people are actually the opposite of what a Christian ought to be: instead of bringing life, they prevent it. We must then each examine ourselves and see whether we are the salt that has retained its saltiness.

Some of the teachings of Jesus that I struggle with is the idea of throwing out of the unfaithful servant. We see this theme constantly. I know how I would answer such question intellectually, but in the back of my mind I myself am unsatisfied with them.


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