Hold the Salt Please
I could be completely out of line here but I’m just going to say it anyway. As Christians we really need to stop picking on each other. From politics to the public school system, it seems that everyone has an opinion about everyone else and we’re not afraid to share it with the world. Differences in doctrine and parenting alone can be enough to get us riled up fast. It’s a dog eat dog world out there and it seems like the older I get, the more often I need to pull over and get a rabies shot.
Understandably, we are going to have our disagreements. We can’t all be republicans or there wouldn’t be any reason to practice self-control and patience. We can’t all be home school mothers or America’s Walmarts would go bankrupt. God forbid we all switch to the Pentecostal religion! Can you imagine the potlucks? The grocery stores would need a week just to restock after Sunday! One would think that with all of our uniqueness we would be stronger as a church body. Yet it is precisely these differences that are pulling us apart instead of drawing us closer together. Paul seemed to be well acquainted with the practice of backbiting. Check this out.
“For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Apparently he was no stranger to Christians attacking other Christians. He offered some good advice that can still be applied today. “Listen, you guys. You’re supposed to be servants of God. Don’t use your religion as a means to attack your brothers and sisters. Love them and treat them the way you would want to be treated.”
It should be that simple but I don’t know that it is. It is a little known fact that registered Democrats are hiding out among our congregations. You might find one cowering beneath a hymn book or behind a bucket of fried chicken every election year but they are there. The plain truth is that they love Jesus as much as you do. There are also working mothers who put their children in public school. It is a very painful and difficult choice to send a child into the world and hope for the best. Does that make those mothers any less worthy of love and respect? Our words and our actions would indicate otherwise.
The world grows darker and colder by the minute. Selflessness is rapidly becoming obsolete as society finds more and more things to gratify its sinful cravings. Common courtesy, respect, and decency are as rare as the people who practice these attributes. As Christians, we are supposed to be the light of the world, the salt of the earth. Have we in our quest to be more religious forgotten how to be more loving? Perhaps it is time to take a step back. Let's examine our motives when we “gently admonish” our brothers and sisters in the Lord. If we can find an inkling of self-righteousness or pride, it might be time to put the pot on simmer and rest a while. After all, a little salt is good but too much is just plain nasty.
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This is the best article on this subject I have heard yet. I loved it and hope every reader will apply it to their life. God Bless You and keep writing. We all need it.
Connie, thank you so much for your sweet comment. I wasn't sure how this article would come across and I appreciate your insight. You just made my day.
There is SO much truth in here. I am tired of this sort of bite me/bite you kind of "inner fighting" that goes on, just because those with differences can't stand being different. Your title fits this so well--salt is good, yes, but too much and I mean, WAY too much is just plain-UGH! Thanks for sharing these thoughts!
Nice write here and so very true. Unfortunately those who read this are the ones who agree with you, or with me. Those who actually need to read it are too busy on the phone with "Mary Lou" talking about the skirt that "sister so and so" wore to church on Wednesday.