Matthew 6:1-4 (NLT)
6 “Watch out! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven. 2 When you give to someone in need, don’t do as the hypocrites do—blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of charity! I tell you the truth, they have received all the reward they will ever get. 3 But when you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. 4 Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.
I firmly believe that government entitlement programs are crack/meth like. Designed to hook you and give you no way out, so you keep using them. Structurally, they are near impossible to escape and the people who “need” them keep electing the people who promise to keep them. Why am I saying this? It’s the antithesis of the scripture above. The politicians scream at the top of their lungs how they are helping. Unfortunately, nothing’s changed and the enslaved continue to go back to their dealer.
It’s also obvious that there’s not enough being done out of the limelight to make the significant change Christ is calling for. This isn’t a surprise either. We’ve gone bad, we’ve lost our flavor.
Matthew 5:13 (NLT)
13 “You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless.
Being a Christian isn’t important. Knowing Christ and acting like Christ calls us to is. Religion sucks, Christ is God. How do you play? What kind of salt are you?
Luke 10:33-37 (NLT)
33 “Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt compassion for him. 34 Going over to him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. 35 The next day he handed the innkeeper two silver coins,[a] telling him, ‘Take care of this man. If his bill runs higher than this, I’ll pay you the next time I’m here.’
36 “Now which of these three would you say was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by bandits?” Jesus asked.
37 The man replied, “The one who showed him mercy.”
Then Jesus said, “Yes, now go and do the same.”
Luke 4:18-19 (NIV)
18. “The Spirit of the Lord is on me,because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind,to set the oppressed free, 19. to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
The Spirit of the Lord is on me. Set the oppressed free. This is the promise, these are the commands, this is the action we are called to. What kind of salt are you?