““You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless.”
Matthew 5:13 NLT
As I took in requests and suggestions for blog posts last week, I decided to combine two of the requests: holiness and bacon. Yeah, seems like a completely unlikely pairing. Well, here goes.
Have you ever had unsalted bacon? Yeah, I don’t recommend it. Some things are just meant to be salty. Just like you, Christ-follower aka Christian. As Matthew 5:16 says, “In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” As Christians, we often spend far too much time trying to figure out how we can blend in with the world, strip away the saltiness so that we can be like everyone else. But, the Bible has NEVER given us this model. God is described as being Holy (meaning: unique, set apart, unlike anything or anyone else), we are asked to live holy. We often take this to mean living perfectly. But it actually means: live uniquely, live set apart, live unlike the sinfulness we see in this world. We can’t define sin based on our preferences or even based on modern times. Our measuring tool for sin has to be found in God’s word. So practically speaking, when people meet you, they should know based on your speech, conduct, and most importantly based on your love, that you are the salt of the earth. Because you’re...different. You live uniquely set apart from this world, you live according to the standards in God’s word. So this may be the context that I would ever recommend being salty. Just like unsalted bacon wouldn’t taste too good, neither does an unsalted Christian.
Peace (🏾) and a bottle of bacon grease (🥓)