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Everyone here speeds. I mean really, constantly, without even thinking about it. It's just a normal thing. Seth Godin mentioned speeding today, noting that "rushing," as he calls it, rarely has any advantages and often ends in tragedy. But we all still do it in our cars, every day, all the time.Here's the gist of my observation rewritten:
Everyone here breaks the law, putting their own safety and the lives of others in jeopardy, on a daily basis.Whoops. Here's what R.C. Sproul has to say about that as far as Christians are concerned:
The principle is not difficult to understand: If I am willy-nilly and careless in my obedience to authority at the lower levels, I am therefore implicitly placing myself in a posture of disobedience to the ultimate authority that stands above and behind the earthly. It is the law of God that we disobey.Or we could just look to Paul:
Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. (Romans 13:1)So when you get stuck behind a little white Toyota Tacoma doing the speed limit today, it's probably me....
“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men." (Matthew 5:13)What does Jesus mean by that? (Or in Mark 9:49-50, Luke 14:34, or Colossians 4:6?)
[S]alt has been the best-known food preservative, especially for meat, for many thousands of years...And again:
Salt's ability to preserve food was a foundation of civilization...But also:
Too much or too little salt in the diet can lead to muscle cramps, dizziness, or electrolyte disturbance, which can cause neurological problems, or death.So is salt good or bad?
‘All its land is brimstone and salt, a burning waste, unsown and unproductive, and no grass grows in it, like the overthrow of Sodom and Gomorrah, Admah and Zeboiim, which the Lord overthrew in His anger and in His wrath.’ (Deuteronomy 29:23)God's response to sin is wrath. Oversalting. Destruction.
He changes rivers into a wildernessSo how can destruction be good? Why would we want to be salt? Why would we want salt in our speech?
And springs of water into a thirsty ground;
A fruitful land into a salt waste,
Because of the wickedness of those who dwell in it. (Psalm 107:33-34)
Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit. (John 15:2)In the covenant of Christ (Matthew 26:27), God forgives our sins, but He prunes us that we might bear fruit for His glory. Every son He receives He scourges (Hebrews 12:6). The prophet Elisha purified the spring at Jericho by applying a jar of salt (II Kings 2:19-21); by the same application of God's discipline, we are purified - sanctified.
And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)So like Christ, we are to have grace and truth in us. We are to have the salt of the covenant - the body and blood of Christ - in ourselves, and respond to God's calling to be holy and set apart. In our relationships with those around us, we are not to throw stones (John 8:7) or oversalt those around us, but we are meant to apply salt for cleansing (II Timothy 4:2)... for the preservation of ourselves, our loved ones, our civilization, our world.