Rigidly held positions seem almost invariably to be a sign of insecurity. We grasp tightly to an idea because we’re unsure of our grip and feel threatened by the possibility that we might lose something very important about ourselves if we compromise.
For some time now our culture has been infatuated with greed. We give handsome rewards to those who are most greedy for money and even call them “successful” people.
Our marketers and advertisers try to convince us that we can have it all without compromise. The idea, of course, is completely unrealistic: Every product and every service is a series of compromises. The lie may sell products but it also poisons the spiritual and psychological atmosphere of society. Even our politicians have suckered for the illusion that they can — or even must — stand for their positions without compromise.
The result is utterly disgusting. Selfish, immature children are running our nation but, we must admit, they are the very kind of leaders our culture has created. We as a people need a profound shift in the way we think, in the values we hold.
I am not saying — I most certainly and emphatically am not saying we must return to the values that built our nation. That would mean, among some positive values, such deplorable conditions as the dehumanization and oppression of Black people, of laborers, and even, to a lesser degree, of women. It would mean, too, viewing our planet as a victim to be exploited.
Christians can and must be the salt of the earth, demonstrating love, respect, mutual service and a proper center for the human heart: the Creator who has loved, rescued, and sustained us through countless horrors of our own making. We must be a truly biblical people who are followers of Jesus Christ, not merely adherents of doctrines about him.
Then we will become, as Jesus called us to be, salt of the earth and light of the world.