Recently my family and I visited St. Augustine, Florida. I spoke at Lighthouse Church of God/Beacon of Hope Christian School. The drive to Florida is a lovely one. We have been blessed to make it many times and I am always excited to look in the rear view mirror just past the North Carolina border and see the mountains behind me and the level ground ahead. Not that I don’t love the mountains, the culture, the morals, the “salt of the earth people” and other advantages of living in the Bible Belt. I do. But there is also something exciting about traveling the United States and experiencing the various cultures that exist in our borders.
Now regarding the title of this article, “Salt of the Earth People”. This trip to St. Augustine was my first. What a lovely, historical city. As my family, the Pastor and I walked the city, the Fort, stood at the foot of the St. Augustine Cross and smelled the ocean air my mind raced to a time in 1565 when Spain arrived to share Christ with Native Americans. I walked with my family down Saint George Street and fell in love with the different races, colors and cultures. The Fourth of July firework display was amazing. Even through my color blind eyes I could almost see the Red, White and Blue. Yes, I am literally color blind. Both physically and Spiritually. Color means nothing to me. I love everyone. And I especially love finding myself in a Melting Pot of God’s Creation. He made us all unique for sure.
The Pastor of the local church and his family were amazing. Just being around these people for literally ten minutes and I realized I was still with “salt of the earth people”.
Yes, I am a hillbilly, but not a dumb hillbilly. No such thing. I have been to many places and been exposed to several cultures. One thing I always find is myself in the middle of “salt of the earth people”. They are everywhere.
Alas, while I am excited when I see the mountains in my rear view mirror I am much more excited when I see the mountains again and the flat ground in my rear view mirror. Whether in a car or an airplane the mountains always bring comfort. I also find comfort knowing that in every corner of this blue marble God created by His spoken Word there are “Salt of the Earth People” sharing the Good News Jesus Christ was once dead, but He arose from the grave.
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Always remember to be that “Salt of the Earth Person”. There are people all around us everyday that need that salt in their diet, more than you know. God Bless.