Only Slightly Better?

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again?” (Matthew 5:13, NIV 1984). 

My Musings – “Any man worth his salt will stick up for what he believes right, but it takes a slightly better man to acknowledge instantly and without reservation that he is in error.”  (President Andrew Jackson).

Sticking up for what we believe is right does not give us license to disparage or hate those who believe otherwise.  If we truly believe we are right, what they deserve is our pity and charity.  There are times when we find that our beliefs are in error.  Rather than stubbornly cling to them, we must acknowledge that we are wrong.  To Christians this involves confession (admit we were wrong), repentance (turn away from the wrong) and asking forgiveness (from those we may have disparaged or shown contempt).

My Advice – As followers of Christ, we are right about the Gospel of Christ and about His standards of Holiness.  We would not be worth our salt if we did not stick up for that.  But let’s treat those who do not accept this with grace, pity and prayer.  God’s wrath (He is the One being wronged) awaits them if they ultimately fail to acknowledge that Jesus is Christ and Lord.

By the same token, let us not stubbornly cling to “unsalted” human traditions that are not compatible with the grace of God, His holiness, His compassion and His Word. Let the stumbling block be the Gospel, not us being blind guides like the Pharisees who failed to acknowledge their error.