This is what God gave me today in His word:
“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. (Matthew 5:13)
“if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness by restored?” We know that Jesus sometimes uses physical things to teach Spiritual lessons. So what is the point He’s trying to make? The “salt” He’s talking about is clearly believers, as compared to unbelievers. He makes that clear by the statement, “You are the salt of the Earth,” but what does He mean by the next bit? (i.e., “but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored?”)
It seems rather clear, if you consider believers to be “salt”, that salt that looses it’s saltiness, is the equivalent of a believer whose lost the defining aspects of a believer. Another option would be to say that salt that has lost its taste, is the equivalent of a believer who looses His salvation; his taste, but in order for that to be true, the salt would have to change into another substance entirely. The first possibility is also supported by its famous context:
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. (Matthew 5:14-15)
Jesus is stating what any Christian should see as obvious: we aren’t to hide our Christianity away and out of sight, and live as everyone else does. If we do, we’ll have lost our saltiness, to put it one way.
Jesus is our ultimate example in this. (He’d have to be, seeing as He’s the one telling us to do these things). Jesus didn’t hide His light – He didn’t hide Himself. The exact opposite, in fact; you can’t get a lot more public than dying on a cross for the entire World.
The point being this: we shouldn’t be afraid of other’s opinions about Christianity. Rather, we should be as Jesus was, and let our saltiness shine.