My heart felt sick as I visited the Facebook pages of some friends yesterday. They were all people whom I had known since childhood and all of them profess to be Christians. I have attended church with them and worked beside them in places like Sunday School, Vacation Bible School and Christian camps. In addition to that I not only know them but I know their extended families as well. So why did I feel sick? Because over and over again I saw posts lashing out against people they did not agree with, particularly non-believers.
We are to be salt but there is a fine line between well-seasoned and salty. When salt is applied properly, it enhances flavor making what it touches taste even better. Too much salt however, can render something inedible to the point that you not only reject it, you want to get rid of it!
I fear that in the current climate of our world, the speech of many of us has become "salty" rather than "well-seasoned". It is small wonder that the world around us reacts accordingly.
Conduct yourself with wisdom in your interactions with outsiders (non-believers), make the most of each opportunity [treating it as something precious]. Let your speech at all times be gracious and pleasant, seasoned with salt, so that you will know how to answer each one [who questions you]. Colossians 4:5-6 (AMP)
The Apostle Paul was not making a suggestion to the Christians at Colosse. He was telling them how they must conduct themselves as Christians.
The guy down the street who is diametrically opposed to you is not your enemy. He is someone just like you who needs a Savior.
We tend to go from one extreme to another. We are either too fearful to be salt or we try to dump the entire salt shaker down someone's throat!
When we reach for the "salt shaker", we would do well to pause and ask God to direct us in regards to "proper seasoning" and seek His help in applying just the right amount in the right place at the right time. It makes a difference.
Very good read. As followers of Christ, we are to reach out to a lost world. Many of those that profess Christ need to examine themselves to see if they are truly of the faith. A true Christian follows or strives to follow a code of conduct set forth by Jesus himself and its only by his grace that we are able to do so. The hardest people to witness to are those that think they are known by Christ