by Peggy Hahn, LEAD Executive Director

Salt is a naturally occurring mineral made up of two elements – sodium and chloride – and it has thousands of uses. Did you know salt lowers the freezing point of water, making it harder for water molecules to bond together to form ice? This is why ice is used on roads in the winter.

What did Jesus mean in the Sermon on the Mount when he said, “You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot. [Matthew 5:13]

More urgently, what does this mean for us today? Can it call us to stop freezing with fear?

As followers of Jesus, as public Christian leaders, as people living through a pandemic, an economic crisis, an awakening to our racism. The call in this text is not lost on us. Our faith can keep us from being overcome by fear. It can give us the courage to stay salty in our own discipleship.

We have been given the power of the Holy Spirit to be the salt of the earth.  We can figure out what this means for the re-thinking of church, for re-imagining life. And we can do this better when we learn, experiment, and innovate together. Beginning this fall, join a national network of congregations on The LEAD Journey Online.

Let’s do this together!