"Salt is good; but if salt has lost its saltiness, how can you season it? Have salt in
yourselves...." This passage is similar to Matthew 5:13, where Jesus tells his disciples --
and us -- to be "the salt of the earth." In Jesus' day, salt was valued highly. People didn't
try to avoid it, like so many of us must today. On the contrary, lacking refrigeration, they
salted most of their fish and meat heavily to preserve it. Salt which had lost its saltiness,
it's preservative power, became useless, good only to be put on a path or walkway to
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I have just recently returned from an out-of-town trip, and as I read our selected passages for this week, I find myself reminded of the days leading up to that trip. With a few exceptions, most of the traveling that you and I do is known in advance and planned. And therefore the days leading up to our departure are filled with deliberate preparations.
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2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14 In an economy like ours that values flexibility, experience and loyalty matter less and less (Alan Wolfe, Moral Freedom: The Search for Virtue in World of Choice, pp.23ff .). The loyalty to legacy is what this story of Elijah and Elisha’s loyalty to the former’s prophetic legacy is all about.
Faith involves this kind of loyalty to roots. What Pope Paul VI once said about the liturgy could be applied to Christian life in general:
I think that we are in a battle for the soul of the church. I'm not just talking about my Presbyterian denomination, although it certainly has its problems. I'm suggesting that we are in a battle for the soul of the whole church in our time.