I’ve been meditating on Mathew 5:13 “13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.” After reading it in my personal time with God this week, it has got me wondering. Are we as Christians living as salt in this dark world? This verse is followed right on the heals of “11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you”. Could it be that we are no longer living salty lives?
IS THAT WHY…?
-in America (a supposed Christian nation) there is a mosque in every state with 1200 total?
-a baby dies every 23 seconds in the USA from abortion?
-43% of the people of the world are unreached people groups? They have no Bible and have never heard the good news of salvation.
-there has been a 50% of missionary reduction from America since 1986? 20,500 full-time Christian workers and 10,200 foreign missionaries are in the unevangelized nations. Compare that to the 1.31 million workers in the evangelized non-Christian world
-there are 153,000,000 orphans in the world?(This statistic does NOT include the 2 to 8+ million children living in institutions or those who are enslaved.) Every 2.2 seconds another orphan ages out with no home and no family. James 1:27 If one family in every two churches would adopt, there would be no longer any children in the foster care system waiting for adoption. There would only be waiting families.
-27 million people are currently experiencing modern-day slavery worldwide? 30% of females are in forced labor the remainder 70% are trafficked for sex labor. 32 billion dollars in profit result in it. For every 800 people trafficked only 1 person was convicted in 2006. The cost of one slave is about $30.
-200,000 children in the USA are at risk for trafficking in the sex industry alone?
-22,000 children die each day due to poverty according to UNICEF? Almost half of the world lives on less than $2.50 a day.
-less than 1% of what people in the USA spent on weapons in one year was enough to send all children through school by 2001 and yet it didn’t happen?
-2.6 billion people have lack basic sanitation. 660 million with NO sanitation. 1 in 5 children don’t have access to safe water. 1.4 million people die each year as a result of this.
I will let you come to your own conclusion if “it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men” would fit American Christianity today. What do you think? Are Christians who they have been called to be?