Sermon: Pass the Salt

“Pass the Salt”

(January 30, 2011) Over the course of human history, we have tried time and again to figure out what God might want from us, but the prophets of Israel bring a message that is abundantly clear: what God wants is not our empty rituals or our half-hearted (or worse, mean-hearted) fasts and observances, but for us to fight against oppression, care for those in need, and honor God with true hearts. Or, as Micah puts it, “to seek justice and love kindness and walk humbly with your God.” When we live in this way, both Isaiah and Jesus agree, our light shines forth, we become like salt to season and sustain, to nourish and to help. If we fail to live this way, if we lose our “saltiness,” then we lose all that it means to be God’s people and our faith is stripped of its meaning. (Isaiah 58:1-12, Micah 6:6-8, Matthew 5:13-20)

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