Thursday, May 04, 2006

salt is good...

...everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good; but if the salt
becomes unsalty, with what will you make it salty again? have salt in
yourselves, and be at peace with one another. -Jesus (Matt. 9:49-50

It amazes me how much flack I get from readers of this blog about how
troublesome it is among certain people, and yet they keep reading it.
I have often been told that this blog should be shut down, tamed or
castrated to make it more soft and amiable. And to be honest at times
when the pressure to conform has been at it's highest...I have almost
given in to the pressure. I have wrestled with the level of honesty
and "rawness" that I have felt compelled to write at.

I know that I resonate with gut level, brutal honesty...the good and
the bad. I cheer when someone says it boldly and sometimes even when
it isn't politically correct, at least, as it relates to the church
culture. I am not saying that I like division, or stirring up trouble
for the sake of being titillating, I don't...well...maybe sometimes,
but that is on my bad days. I simply love truth, especially when
shred from the the bowels of someone's soul. I am not afraid of the
truth, i long for it to once again stand up and stop cowering in the
shadows. I feel truth has been browbeat and demeaned, bullied even
into submission to fear. I hate censorship...spoken or unspoken.

This morning I was deeply ministered too by the above verse. I love
that Jesus just says it flat out: SALT IS GOOD. He likes it "salty".
In fact, he dislikes when people become "unsalty", when they lose
their flavor, their kick! He says in another gospel that unsalty salt
is good for nothing but being "thrown out" and "trampled underfoot".
I think many people have lost their "salt" and the church is to
blame. We don't want salty people, we want manageable, tame people
that are mellow and bland and safe.

The way to be at peace with one another is to allow each of us to
have "salt in ourselves". Stop trying to make everyone like you. Let
god be God in each vessel. The potency is important. Some people in
this world need a strong flavor to awaken their hunger or get their
spiritual taste buds to begin to come alive again. There is way to
much out there that is being served up in christian circles that is
flat out...flavorless, it has lost it's punch.

I agree with Jesus...salt is good!

Stop apologizing for your saltiness and start sprinkling it out, you
might find that there are many people that love the taste of His salt
in you.


Anonymous said...

In the spirit of your post, you absolutely have to change the name of your blog back to Crowbar Massage. Much saltier.

Anonymous said...

Pass the salt, please.


Anonymous said...

Would you like fries with that?

Anonymous said...

Interestingly enough, after a nice salty meal...I get really thirsty.

You wonder why those who oppose your writings and ideas, keep coming back? ...they're thirsty after reading all your flavored words.

How appropriate the name: Jacob's Well.