Happy Monday my friends!
Okay, so I’ve been sitting on this for a while, but I’m finally ready to share. I’m ready to share something that is really, really, REALLY getting on my nerves. Are you excited?!? YAY, INTERNET RANTS!!!
But I’m hoping to make this one a little bit different for y’all. I’m going to back it up with some Scripture. I’m going to back it up, with Scripture, why Christians need to watch their words and never, ever use the word “salty” again.
I really can’t put into words how irritated I get when I hear people that I know who love Jesus talk about how they are “so salty” and they need to quit “being salty” and that it’s just so hard when other people are “salty because it makes me salty and I shouldn’t be salty” and AAAAAAAAGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
No but seriously. I’m internally screaming when people use this phrase.
“Maggie, you weirdo, what’s wrong with it? You clearly don’t keep up with slang.”
So many different things are wrong with it…and yes I do. Let’s break it down.
The word “salty” is defined by urbandictionary.com as: “being upset over something little; being angry or agitated; etc.” So when someone says that they are “so salty” they are telling you that some little thing really annoys them and they shouldn’t let it. This is the part of the post where someone is thinking to themselves, “Oh, so it would be salty for someone to say, get really annoyed when Christians say they are salty?” And whoever is thinking that is wrong.
Because you very rarely hear this word “salty” being used when not in a negative context. It is either that you are bad mouthing someone for being salty or saying that you yourself should stop being so salty (with, by the way, little to no interest in actually becoming sweeter in that area of your life).
Why does this bother me? Why do I think Christians should 150% cut this phrase from their vocabulary? Because Matthew 5. That’s why. Because Luke 15. That’s why.
“Your lives are like SALT among the people…”
Let’s just stop right there. We are five words into verse 13 and we already have the basic reason why Christians should stop using the cultural meaning of salty. What is it? It directly negates the Christ-like meaning of being salty! Y’all…when it comes to cultural vs. Christ-like meaning, I want to be seeking hard after the Christ-like version of a word. The culture says being “salty” is bad. The Christ says being “salty” is good. But again, we’re only five words into Matthew 5. Let’s keep reading!
“Your lives are like SALT among the people. But if you, like salt, become bland, how can your ‘saltiness’ be restored? FLAVORLESS SALT IS GOOD FOR NOTHING AND WILL BE THROWN OUT AND TRAMPLED ON BY OTHERS.”
Yuck. Ouch. Ew.
So, the cultural meaning of salty directly opposes the Christ-like meaning of salty. But it also distracts us from the Christ-like meaning of salty. Y’all, satan is a master of misdirection, and I am really world-salty over this word “salty”.
Rainbows. Rainbows are biblically defined as a reminder of the promises of God and especially the covenant between God and Noah that the world would never again be entirely destroyed by water. That is a beautiful, beautiful symbol within Christianity. More recently, rainbows have been used as the universal symbol of homosexuality. This is not a post about politics or lifestyles…this is a post about words. Do you see how, in the case of rainbows, satan has allowed people’s hostility towards a people group (who we are commanded to love like Jesus to the point of death), how satan has used this symbol of promise and covenant to become a symbol that Christians out-right declare a hatred toward? Y’all that really ticks me off.
Salty. Salty is the exact same thing. Matthew 5:13 shows us that Jesus specifically told His followers that they HAD to be salty or they were utterly useless to Him. And what are we doing? We are viewing being salty as a bad thing!!! Not only that, but I would argue personally that the people who talk about how terrible it is that they are world-salty have NO interest in or intention of changing that about themselves.
Christians…we need to take our words back. This is non-negotiable. But it isn’t about other people. This isn’t a post to say that we should start Bible thumping those who use the word salty. If they’re in your small group…maybe. But people who aren’t in church aren’t to be held to the same standards as those in church. They are just to be held. The next time you hear a Christian running around talking about how they shouldn’t be so salty, smack them with Luke chapter 14 please.
“…if salt were to lose its flavor, how could it ever be restored? It will never be useful again, not even fit for the soil or the manure pile!”
Good, good Father, my prayer for my friends reading this today is that they would all be useful. At the very least…useful for the manure pile.
In all seriousness, The Message translation of Matthew 5:13 paints us a beautiful picture of what it means to be, not world-salty, but Word-of-God-salty.
“Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth.”
My friends…let’s take our vocabulary of salvation back. Let’s do it in our own circles and let’s not make people outside of the church live the things we believe until they believe themselves. My prayer today is actually that everyone reading this would have a desire to be salty. I pray that you would be so salty that everyone you come in contact with leaves with a salty taste in their heart. Because only one thing can quench a mouth that’s had a lot of salt. Water.
And only one thing can quench a heart and soul that’s had a lot of salt-seasoning. And that’s the God-flavors of Living Water.
Stay salty my friends.
Let it be.