Matthew 5:13 tells us that, as believers, we are “the salt of the earth.”
Christians are called to season this tasteless, fallen world; to add flavour to the lives of the people we touch.
A crisp without salt is bland - you’re just crunching your way through a fried potato slice 🥔
A crisp with too much salt is overpowering - after eating two or three your mouth dries up and your body screams of the sodium overload 😨
A crisp that’s lightly salted, perfectly seasoned, is another matter. It’s enjoyed. It’s savoured. You want to keep on eating and before you know it you’ve demolished the whole bag 😮
Liken this to how we interact with the world:
As crisps without salt we don’t even mention Jesus outside of our church. We add no flavour and we change nothing.
Too much salt and we overpower people and put them off altogether, practically ramming the Bible down their throats in a well-intentioned but ill-thought out attempt to ‘convert’ people (hands up if you’ve ever done this - both of mine are right now).
And then there’s the sweet-spot. As lightly salted crisps we build relationships first, we gently but unashamedly share our testimonies of what Jesus has done in our lives, we listen twice as much as we speak and we find that as people savour and enjoy the good news of Jesus Christ they’ll want to hear more and more 😀
And I’m aware I may have just become the first person to compare Christians to crisps…