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About Salt in a Secular Society
In today’s complex society, we are bombarded with messages and instructions about ‘beliefs’, ‘self-help’ models, social media influences, fashion, all of which compete for our attention.
As Christians we are charged with ‘being salt’ but what does that mean in today’s world?
This book provides practical advice and exercises, ending each chapter with discussion points and challenges, to help individuals or groups to address this fundamental issue.
Salt – chemical name Sodium chloride – is found throughout creation, in the earth, the sea, plants, animals. It is an essential nutrient for the human body but is something that the body cannot produce itself. Salt plays a vital role in the regulation of many bodily functions and is contained in body fluids that transport oxygen and nutrients. It is also essential in maintaining the body’s overall fluid balance. Salt, Sodium chloride, enables the transmission of nerve impulses around the body. It regulates the electrical charges moving in and out of the cells in the body. It controls taste, smell and tactile processes. The presence of Sodium ions is essential for the contraction of muscles, including that largest and most important muscle, the heart. It is fundamental to the operation of signals to and from the brain. Without sufficient sodium your senses would be dulled, your nerves would not function, and from personal experience blood pressure drops.
Just as salt is essential for each individual it is essential for all creation, the earth and humanity. Our world needs people who are like salt. Such people play a vital role in the regulation of activities which are society’s bodily functions and they are needed in all aspects of life.
Salty people are essential for organisations to work properly and fairly, and be accountable for their business practices and their treatment of employees.
Salty people are essential to ensure that society’s attitudes to all people, including the poor, the disadvantaged, the sick, the unemployed, the homeless, refugees, prisoners, are influenced and guided by justice and mercy expressed in loving care and concern.
Salty people are essential to ensure that society’s attitudes to our environment in creation are not dulled by greed, expediency or apathy.
In short, salty people are essential for the maintenance of a balanced, just and fair society – where they are missing, low in numbers or have little influence a culture of entitlement and even impunity may develop and society become lawless.
My hope is that people will realize that our society needs salt and explore how they can be salt. The difficulty is that we cannot become salt by ourselves, nor can we be made salt by any other aspect of creation. I believe that we need the love of God, shown in the life of Jesus, to become the salt that our world needs.
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