“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.”
(Matthew 5:13, NKJV)
This was in my inbox this morning from a mailing list of Christians I’m on at my company. Recently, I’ve been thinking a great deal about the One Catholic and Apostolic Church, and about the multitude of other kinds of Christianity. (New readers, I believe the Orthodox Church is that One Church founded by Christ, and the only other possible viable claim is Roman Catholicism.) When I read this verse today, it seemed to me, for the first time, condemning of the many schismatic branches of those who claim to follow Christ. Does Schism imply lost saltiness? I believe, to a certain extent at least, the answer is yes.
I don’t have more time for thoughts on this at the moment, but perhaps I will have more thoughts on this topic in the future…