Weekly Feature

2017-02-15 / Lifestyles

CLERGY COLUMN

A sprinkling of salt could be good for our souls

Politics briefly came up during a small-group conversation The group consisted of 10 to 12 people in our church who meet weekly to read a portion of Scripture and talk about how to live in the ways of Jesus.

Lots of churches have these kinds of groups, and I heartily recommend them to everyone, including those who are not connected to a church.

I wish I could inject the kind of reasonable, compassionate, good-hearted and caring attitudes that were among the group into all levels of our nation’s political landscape. I am not at all being partisan here. I think the full spectrum of our elected leadership is seriously in need of some genuine gut-checking.

I think followers of Jesus who have hearts to love others as Jesus loves could really lead the way. Even social media could be a place to help calm things and keep from escalating the emotion of battling positions by what we post as well as what we refrain from posting.

In fact, wherever we are, Jesus said to be salt and light. That may not mean a whole lot to you at first, but this is some of what he meant:

People can be an enormously good presence wherever they are. To be salt is to bring a measuring of good seasoning to things. To be salt also likely suggested preservation from decay. To be light meant to help illumine what is true and real.

More of us could have a similar perspective more often without being abrasive or arrogant. Along with many of you, I pray for our nation, for our nation’s influence in the world, for leaders and for our potential. As a pastor, I also pray for the Church and for all churches everywhere who follow the ways of Jesus in the daily living of our lives. For me, it has helped to make me a far better person than I would ever have been otherwise, and I think that can be true for most of us.

If you are not already connected to a local church, find one near you, ask about a small group, or attend worship with an open mind seeking to understand the ways of Jesus. The world and our own community might find more of what’s good, pleasing and true, and that’s always a good thing.

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