The month of July brings the promise of holiday heat and outdoor cooking. Professional and amateur chefs alike are all marinating their meat in an effort to make the best meal. They have put away the traditional salt and pepper, and have instead opted for more sophisticated dry “rubs.” Just like the chefs, the local church has decided to be more about seasons, and less (and less) about salt.
There are a number of ways to interpret this. One interpretation may be that the church has chosen glamor and flamboyance over simplicity and standard. The church is a fashion show, and the models walk around all service showing off their new clothes purchased just in time for Easter and Christmas. The salt, those who are there for service, become lost in the shuffle; expelled from Christian “cliques” because they don’t dress well enough.
Another interpretation may be that the season has over complicated the simplicity of the Christian message. It is about the cross. The cross is the lone seasoning that need be applied to those desiring to be saved. The cross is no longer enough. There are more and more churches opening because someone believes that their point of view is different, and more accurate, than the next preacher’s. Jesus has become, at best, a supporting actor in churches where He used to be the star.
The real interpretation revolves around the role of the modern day church. The church, once upon a time, was about Peter and John proclaiming, in the midst of threat that they would continue to proclaim the gospel. It was about the church being the spiritual and moral compass of the world. Now, the church is more likely to take a political stance than a spiritual one.
In the midst of an ever-changing world; where kids are killing each and acres upon acres of land are burning; the church’s response has been; “no comment.” We have chosen to speak our peace on politics, and hold our peace on everything else.
Pass the salt!