On the Dangers of Being Too Salty

Originally published at allthingsmadeforgood.blogspot.com.

For context as to the title and purpose of my blog refer back to post #1: All Things Made for Good.

I was informed this week that my blog title could trigger some alarms in some web filters related to purity. I’m sorry for that. It was never my intent to trigger alarms or offend anyone. I want to show the good in the things that have been perverted by this world, not to be grouped in along with them.

On the Dangers of Being Too Salty

“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.”

- Matthew 5:13

My wife and I love to cook. She even has her own food blog. In this cooking we have tasted the wonders of salt. It adds just the right kick to take a good flavor and make it great. If you find your food to be bland, add some salt. Chances are you’ll taste something you didn’t taste before…that something is called yumminess.

Salt, however, carries with it a hidden danger. If you add to much of it your dish is ruined and unfit for human consumption. It is very difficult to bring a dish back from too much salt; it is only fit for the dogs (like my dog Google). The trick is to remember that you can always add more salt, but you can never take it out.

Unlike my wife, however, I do not have a food blog. I have a blog that explores culture (mostly the American one) and strives to put a Godly spin on the world around us. Overtly or not each thing is made for good. I do this not to convert people or to change the world. I do this to spark a conversation between Christians and the culture about what we truly believe. I do this in some part to add salt to this world. I aim to add just the right kick to take a good thing and make it great, to make it Godly. We as Christians are called salt by Christ himself in the Sermon on the Mount. We are called to spice up this bland world with the truth of the Word of God.

Just a warning here. This is the moment where I go off the beaten path. This is the moment I say something that could sound really bad, that could feasibly offend some. This is the moment where I venture into the world of ‘what if’ and stray beyond the the borders of biblical truth.

What if we become too salty? What if we spit out so much truth that we plug the ears of our hearers? Who bears the blame for their hardened hearts? Who throws away the key to the sin that so entangles them? Is it them? Or is it us?

“…in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect…”

- 1 Peter 3:15

We bear the responsibility to tell the world about the hope we have. If they ask, right? What if they don’t ask? What if our feared “persecution” here in America is nothing like the persecution the early church faced? How do we demonstrate our faith in a culture where no one cares?

Let me tell you a story. Back in elementary school I had some friends. They weren’t Christians, but they weren’t really a bad influence either. One particular day at recess I was trying to tell my friends why I was a Christian. With me was another friend. He was also a Christian and he lent his two cents. He said, “If you don’t become a Christian, you will go to Hell.” He was right. But you know what response that truth elicited from my friends? They told their teacher and I was called to the Principal’s office. Some would say I was persecuted for my beliefs. Some would say that Truth is Truth and if they don’t like it they can go to Hell. I would say that was a moment with a bit too much salt.

So many times I encounter these instances where two people are having a normal conversation about faith and then boom salt explosion. I have to say even as a Christian my tongue coils back at the saltiness of the man on the street corner saying “woe is you” and calling all men to repentance or else they’ll burn. There is more to Apologetics than damning those who disagree with you. Those who use too much salt and try to convert the world through a simple damnation are just as bad a Westboro Baptist Church in the world’s eyes. They are one of the major problems with Christianity.

Not every political, cultural, or national piece of news or history that connects to some bit of Christianity needs to be touted as Christian. Not every minorly Christian connected thing needs to become a hill worth dying on. The passing of federal laws, the actions of state legislatures, and the government funding of facilities do not threaten God. Do not allow the downfall of a nation cause you to spew salt for all the wrong reasons. This is about your faith, and that faith is rooted in love.

Too much salt and you suck all the moisture out of something. Too much salt and it becomes dehydrated. I warn you Christian, if you allow your speech to be too salty, if you use your saltiness to defend something other than your faith, or if you defend truth without gentleness and respect, your words will come out dry. The Living Water that is meant to pour from your soul will dry up and your hearers will receive nothing but your hate. So I admonish you: you can always add more salt, but you can’t take it out.

Please comment, otherwise I’m just ranting.