by Jay O'Toole
The Lord doesn't always speak in an audible voice, but often in nudges, moving the heart.
"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."
Right after the beatitudes, Jesus says we are the salt of the earth.
What does it mean to be the salt of the earth?
Salt is known for adding flavor to food.
In the years prior to the refrigeration,
salt was used to preserve food almost indefinitely.
Salt has a wonderful influence when it is functioning as originally created.
When salt has become useless, it is worth little more than to be strewn across an icy sidewalk or street to improve traction for walkers and drivers.
The comparison between salt and Christians is very clear. When Christians are strong in holiness and in agreement with the purposes of the Lord, the world is preserved through our influence. Not only this but we help life to be more enjoyable.
However, when Christians are no longer holy and in agreement with the purpose of God, meaning there is little difference between the lives of these Christians and the lives of people, who do not claim to have a relationship with the Lord, then our impurities cause us to lose our influence in the world. We no longer preserve our culture, and attacks hit their mark as in the devastation of 9/11 in America, and the current political upheavals in this once-godly nation as well.
I'm sure a great deal of salt was applied to the sidewalks and streets of Texas, and the other snow-inundated states of this country over this past month to six weeks. Without revival, that comes to return us to holiness, drawing us into agreement with the purposes of God, I am now concerned, that Christians may have little more purpose than to be walked on.
May the Lord be merciful, saving our influence, and restoring the godliness and subsequent greatness of our nation in the very near future. Otherwise, we stand to be in one of the cycles of ancient Israel in which our country will be punished for a season until we cry out in repentance to God, Who hears, and Who saves.
His salty people on the Earth
are Christians e'er to be.
For salt can give our meat new birth,
a tasty meal to free.
But when we are just tasteless fools,
unholy like the world,
our uselessness in that day rules,
our banner's not unfurled.
Unsalty salt is good for naught,
but tossing on the road.
The trodden foot is what we've bought.
We're useless, sin's abode.
Though salt cannot be changed, again,
the Christian can repent,
confessing all our filthy sin
with raiments fully rent.
Our worthless life, we can't restore
apart from Christ redeemed,
but influence renewed is more
than sinfulness once seemed.
The salt of Earth, our daily task,
preserving where we live.
"Please, keep us holy, Lord, we ask,
Your daily Word to give."
The salt of the ocean's all throughout.
It cannot be removed.
Preserve our world from lives of doubt
through us by Christ reproved.
by Jay O'Toole
on March 5th, 2021