Sunday, September 28, 2008

Salt?


When in church today, the Pastor was speaking about being “salt and light” in the world. In many of my mind drifts, I thought back to my last post with the “Christians”, holding up their signs promoting ????? Surely this is salt that has lost its savor. Good for nothing but to be trampled on by men. We are taught by Christ that we are to let our light shine before men, that they may see our good deeds and praise our Father in heaven. This picture is the antithesis of what that scripture means.
I also drifted over to Luke 6:35 where Jesus says - “love your enemies, do good to them…..then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because He is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful”.
Now if words mean anything and if the simple, direct words of Christ are eternal and good for today and forever; God is kind to the wicked! God is merciful to the wicked, and if we would be true Salt, we would be like Him.
1st Peter 2:17 exhorts us to honor all men. Now we see through a glass darkly and we have but vague concepts as to what God will do with the wicked and unbelievers, but how we are to act in this age is perfectly clear – “be wise in the way you act toward outsiders, make your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” Col. 4:5, and again in 1Peter 3:15, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.”
Psalms 30:5 says that God’s anger lasts only for a moment, but I hear some who call Him Father, that seethe and boil up wrath continually. This ought not to be.

2 comments:

HAINAngel2000 said...

If you watch fox news often there is a church (probably where these pictures are from) who have been traveling around doing things like this. They often visit grave sites of fallen soldiers at their funerals and picket right there saying God is giving them light in these situations and they are spreading how God see's the world on and on and on...It is sad and pathetic. You can't reach the world with HATE but with love, truth and compassion. They give true Christians a bad name, so does many of the churches and its members today, worldy churches where you can't tell the difference between the members and the rest of the world. Its sad.. Anyway this is not how you touch the world with truth. Not saying picketing is necessarily bad but hate messages are..

FCB said...

Hi Mary,
Lord help us if there is a church sponsor to this kind of thing.
I have been in picket lines for Pro-life, I have picketed against RU486 years ago when it was first developed, but always in the spirit I described in the post.
To vote, to peacefully demonstrate in a Godly way is one of our freedoms and thank God for it, but this, like you say, is sad and pathetic.
Love Fred