SALTSHAKER OR SHOWSTOPPER?
“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.”—Matt. 5:13
The term “show stopper” can be used in one of two ways: one way refers to “a performance that is stopped because of prolonged applause” and the other refers to something that is "an obstacle to further progress.” Far too often, today’s version of Christianity is a showstopper in the latter, most negative sense.
When Christians and churches perform as the salt of the earth, as “salt shakers,” people will often if not usually stop and take approving and interested notice of them and what they have to say. Churches are supposed to be salt shakers, dispensing salt to a sin cursed and corrupted world in terms of the message of the gospel — “salt shakers” by way of the testimony of redeemed lips and lives that will make people thirsty for the water of life that is Christ (John 4:10-14).
When Christians and churches do not perform and present themselves as the salt of the earth, any interest by the lost in Christ and His gospel will come to a stop. Salt-free “Christianity” is simply a showstopper in the most negative sense; a stumbling block and an obstacle to any further progress being made in the coming of a soul to Christ as their Savior. Are you, is your church” a saltshaker or a showstopper?