PILOT KNOB LUTHERAN COMMUNIQUÉ

(Official communication to the public)

7/24/19

Matthew 5:13a You are the salt of the earth.

As a follower of Jesus Christ, we have a calling. We cannot and are not to live as we please, but according to the calling God has placed on our lives. In other words, the Bible tells us how we are to relate to the unbelieving world by using the metaphor of salt.

Without freezers, refrigeration or canning in those days was the only way to prevent meat from spoiling and preserve it for human consumption was to salt it down or soak it in a saline solution. What this tells us is the common knowledge that salt is used as a preservative. It keeps meat from spoiling, decaying and becoming rotten thus making it unfit for human consumption; it becomes worthless and can only be thrown in the garbage for which it has become.  The understanding of salt as a preservative is imperative to understanding Jesus’ words in Matthew 5:13. The underlying message of this passage is that the world, the unbelieving world, moves naturally towards decomposition and rot, due to unrestrained sin in undegenerated souls.

Leave a steak out in the hot sun and see what happens. It immediately attracts flies and other insects that feed upon it. Bacteria infests the flesh aiding in its decomposition giving way to maggots and putrefaction. Leave a society without the preserving effects of the gospel and it attracts the flies and bacteria of evil that are always present and opportunistic.

Scripture teaches that the world is corrupt since the fall of Adam and Eve and is always moving toward corruption on every level. What is true for the world and societies is true for each person. Without Christ we resemble a dead body that is falling apart. The follower of Christ however, becomes like salt that must act in such a way as to be rubbed into the world so that it may be preserved. In what ways are you living as salt and influencing our culture?

Pr. Bob Snitzer

By the Way: Sunday 28, 9:00 Morning worship. Sermon: Fullness in Christ. Colossians 2:6-15

There will not be a communique July 31