“We have lost our saltiness.”
This thought is what came to mind as I read an email response from the Dave Ramsey group to a reporter from the Religion News Service. I don’t want to pile on the Ramsey group, it was just the latest response from a popular Christian or group that discouraged me. All over social media and the news Christian personalities have resorted to name calling and denigrating others in the name of God and country.
In Matthew 5:13-16 CSB Jesus says,  “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt should lose its taste, how can it be made salty? It’s no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.  “You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden.  No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but rather on a lampstand, and it gives light for all who are in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.
Salt loses its saltiness when it is corrupted or contaminated. Because it has lost its purity it cannot fulfill its purpose. Just like a light that is hidden cannot do it’s job.
The goal of the Christian witness is for the world (others) to see our good works and glorify our Father in heaven. We must be vigilant to maintain our purity of purpose, speech, and action.
When we lose the purity of our purpose, we lose our purity of speech and action. I fear this is what has happened in the hearts and minds of many.
One purpose is the glory of God. Our goal is the salvation of the lost. Our hope is the grace and mercy of God through Christ. Our unity is found in Christ and nothing else.
The world is watching, let’s show them Christ, and pray that through our words ands actions they will glorify God because of what we are saying and doing.
The alternative is to lose our usefulness and forfeit our purpose.
This blog will be edited and expanded as more thoughts clarify . But for now I just needed to share.