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Pass the Salt

You’ve been invited to dinner at a friend’s home. The table is set, dinner is served. As you begin to dine, it becomes clear the host used NO seasoning whatsoever—zero, zip, nada—in the food preparation. You ask: “Can someone please pass the salt?” The host responds: “We don’t have or use salt.” So you make a mental note: “The next time I eat dinner here, I’ll be sure to bring my own salt!”
This circumstance is hypothetical, and would probably never happen in real life. But it's actually what’s happening in a place where Jesus taught it should never happen—the Church. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus taught: “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men” (Matthew 5:13).
The literal translation of “salt have lost its savour” is “salt having been made tasteless (insipid).” The verb is passive voice, indicating the salt is acted upon by outside forces to make it useless in terms of spiritual impact.
In the mid-twentieth century, the concept of absolute truth, as contained in scripture, began to be supplanted by higher textual criticism, moral relativism. The church has since been assimilating the world rather than following God’s design—a lost world coming to Christ and assimilating HIS nature and character as revealed in scripture and exhibited by his followers.
The insipid (good for nothing) church, or as Jesus described as the “lukewarm” (vomit worthy) church—Revelation 3:16, is a practitioner of assimilation in reverse. The Laodicean church had a very high opinion of itself…an opinion NOT shared by Jesus. In making itself ‘relevant’ to the world, such a church robs the world of what it desperately needs—SALT!
Unlike our imaginary guest who makes a ‘mental note’ to bring his own salt to the next dinner invite, the world has no such option after visiting an insipid, lukewarm church void of spiritual power.
There is perhaps no sadder commentary on the state of a nation than for the world to be saying to the church, "Pass the salt!” and the church having no salt to pass!


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