Colossians 4: Seasoned with Salt
As is typical of Paul, he is ending the book of Colossians with a list of proverbs that they could remember as the church continued to develop. One particularly stood out to me.
Col 4:6 Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
After watching the primary debate last night and thinking about how important every word can be, it makes me think about us as Christians. We are also judged by the world around us as a result of our speech and our testimony. Therefore, Paul encourages the believers to make sure that they are always graceful.
What does Paul mean however by seasoning with salt? Salt enhances flavor. Therefore, we do need to care about the way that we say things. As we all know and have probably experienced, speaking the truth can hurt people, but there are ways of speaking the truth in love. That relates to the graciousness.
As an example, there’s no doubt in the Biblical testimony that stealing what does not belong to you is morally wrong. Imagine that you caught your child stealing something. There are a few ways you can respond. You can yell at your child and entirely belittle him. That is honest, but I don’t know it is gracious. Another approach is that you can clearly tell your child that that was wrong, but it can be done in a more sensitive way. The consequence is that need to change, and the message does not need to change, but one “tastes” better because of the way it was presented.
In our world today, Christians believe some things that might not be popular. We cannot compromise or lie about our convictions. We need to stand for truth, but at the same time, we need to find a way to speak to these issues that is compassionate.