Salt has many properties: it enhances flavor making them savory, it has the ability to preserve, and salt has qualities that enable it to heal. Jesus doesn’t call his followers to be salt, Jesus declares that they already are salt. We, the church, are salt. We are here to add flavor to this world, to help preserve one another, and heal those who are hurt or wounded. We should to strive remember that, “If the salt has become foolish, then it has no power.”
Theologian Stanley Hauerwas reminds us when Jesus called his community together Jesus gave its members a new way to live life. He gave them a new way to deal with offenders – by forgiving them. He gave them a new way to deal with violence – by suffering. He gave them a new way to deal with money – by sharing it. He gave them a new way to deal with problems of leadership – by drawing upon the gift of every new member, even the humble. And he gave them a new way to deal with death – by offering hope through the resurrection.
May we continue to be salt and live together in this community of believers.
~ Rev. Nick