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1.18.2005    |    Salty
"They're the salt of the earth." How many times have you heard this by now trite phrase? Normally rendered as a compliment, it's origins are in Matthew 5:13 (KJV):
13 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.
Salt is one of those staples we take for granted, an essential nutrient now over-used. It is curious to think that salt has been the focus of revolution (in India), or that any imperial power would have been so foolish as to tax something essential (for preserving food in a time before most people had refrigeration) used by virtually all classes.

One who is "the salt of the earth" may be thought of as be common; of no distinction. Jesus clearly thought otherwise. His view was in harmony with the essential nature of salt. As that which preserves, as that which seasons, as that without which life loses, well, its flavor. Mostly, however, as that which helps our fellow men and women to live their lives.

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Welcome. My name is John Luke Rich, (very) struggling Christian. The focus here is Christianity in its many varieties, its fussing and feuding, how it impacts our lives and our society, with detours to consider it with other faiths (or lack thereof).

Call this blog my way of evangelizing on the internet.

Putting it differently, we're only here on this earth a short time. It's the rest of eternity that we should be most concerned about. Call it the care and feeding of our souls.

I was born Jewish, and born again in Christ Jesus over thirty years ago. First as a Roman Catholic; now a Calvinist by persuasion and a Baptist by denomination. But I'm hardly a poster boy for doctrinal rigidity.

I believe that Scripture is the rock on which all Christian churches must stand -- or sink if they are not so grounded. I believe that we are saved by faith, but hardly in a vacuum. That faith is a gift from God, through no agency on our part -- although we sometimes turn a deaf ear and choose to ignore God's knocking on the door.

To be Christian is to evangelize. Those who think it not their part to evangelize perhaps haven't truly understood what our Lord told us in Matthew 28. We must preach the Gospel as best we are able. Using words if necessary.

Though my faith waxes and wanes, it never seems to go away. Sometimes I wish it would, to give me some peace of mind. But then, Jesus never said that walking with Him was going to be easy...

Final note: I also blog as Jack Rich on cultural, political and other things over at Wrong Side of the Tracks

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