On Sunday, my pastor preached from Mark 9:42-50 and the message of that sermon is so relevant. . .but isn't that the way of God's Word, always relevant??
Here are some notes I took away from the sermon:
Salt is preservation, it's applied to meat to keep it from spoiling.
So, if we are to be salt in the earth, salt in this world, salt in our culture, then we, as the Body of Christ, are charged with preserving the morals in our culture, keeping it from decay. . .
How well are we doing that?
As the salt of the earth, are we adding the flavor of the Gospel in our circles of association?
Are we preserving our culture, keeping it from moral decay?
Are we participating in things that will lead others astray--the thinking is, if holy men and women are doing "it" (whatever it may be), then it must be okay, right?
Don't you know that we are being watched? Don't you know that we are being looked to for seasoning, preservation, salt?
If the way we live our lives as Christians, as believers, doesn't reflect the character of God, then what good are we? What is salt good for if it loses it flavor? If hardly anything about they way we live sets us apart from the ways of the world, then how can we season those around us? How can we help to preserve them?
No matter what is popular, what is cool, what the latest thing is, who our favorite political candidate is, what everyone else is doing. . . no matter what, we are called to be salt first, our allegiance is to Him, our lives are for Him...Him and Him alone.
". . .but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy."