While the world loves for everything to be extreme, Christians aren’t one of them. You see while everyone wants a super-sized soft drink, a bacon wrapped, bacon sandwich on a bacon wrapped bun, a giant television screen, monster truck and so on. You’re being a bit much when you speak up about Jesus Christ and what He’s done. In other words, while the world clamors for the largest “Espresso, frappuccino, caffe mocha, caramel macchiato coffee drink” from Starbucks they can find. When it comes to Christianity they want you to go to church and do all that there but don’t bring it to work or talk about it in public.
Jesus told us as believers we are “the salt of the earth.” While the world wants to say “You’re too salty,” Jesus never addressed the salt being too salty rather He pointed out how it can become tasteless. His fear was that as Christians we would begin to listen to the world and its opinion rather than speaking out boldly for the truth.
As I thought about the idea of a Christian being too salty, I thought, well, John the Baptist would probably fit into that category. Jesus, talking about John, asked “What did you go out to the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind?” You see, John the Baptist was pretty outspoken when it came to declaring the truth. The religious leaders of his day came to ask him who he was and by what authority was he preaching. John’s response was “You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? “As for me, I baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals…” John boldly proclaimed repentance and that Jesus Himself would do the rest. This sounds pretty “salty” to me.
While I understand not everyone is meant to walk in the same role as John the Baptist, what I want you to notice is Jesus made quite a claim about John a bit later in the story. Jesus said, “Among those born of woman there has not arisen anyone greater than John the Baptist! Yet one who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.”
In the Old Covenant Elijah was a larger than life figure. He was a prophet who was predicted to return, so much so the Jews to this day reserve a spot for him at their table during Passover. When you look back at the prophet Elijah right away you see his boldness. He went straight up to King Ahab and declared “‘As the Lord, the God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, surely there shall be neither dew nor rain these years, except by my word.” Did you catch how he said, “except by my word”? I think that sounds pretty salty doesn’t it?
In conclusion let me just say, The world doesn’t want a Christian to be salty because salt actually brings out the flavor in the food, right? Maybe as Christians the Spirit’s presence alone is enough to disturb others. I have noticed once someone learns what you’re about words might not be necessary any more. Just by our presence God’s Spirit brings out what’s truly in them, and they don’t like it, so they take it out on us. Maybe that’s what the Apostle Paul meant when he spoke of sharing in the “fellowship of His suffering’s.”
Side note: When someone speaks of too much salt what they tend to mean is someone is being pushy. Of course one must use wisdom; but what I’m talking about is not letting the world dictate to us when we can speak out about this one who came here to die for us and set us free for all eternity. While we can find all sorts of things to talk about, I can’t think of anything more important than Jesus!
Would someone please pass the salt.
1 Kings 17:1