Being “Salt of the Earth” Doesn’t Mean Talking Weird.


Christians have delighted themselves in coming up with cute little Christian sayings.  Is this sort of thing a big win?  I’d say it’s actually been harmful.  Being the “light of the world” and “salt of the Earth” doesn’t mean talking weird.


May I demonstrate?

  • Give God what’s right– not what’s left!
  • ‘Pray’ is a four-letter word that you can say anywhere (except in a public school).
  • Make your eternal reservations now— ‘smoking’ or ‘non-smoking’?
  • Jesus built us a bridge, with 2 boards and 3 nails.
  • Count your blessings! Recounts are OK—

Can we have a little fun here and make fun of Christians?  Let’s not take ourselves so seriously and be willing to laugh at the things we say, so….


Every one bring down the sensitivity level, ok? Not wanting to step on toes here, but the problem I see is that Christians really think these little sayings are cool.  I know this because they end up on T-shirts, coffee mugs, bumper stickers and on church signs.  We are supposed to be “salt of the earth.”  I think these weird “Christian sayings” qualify more as ant poisoning, dog poop, or rotted false teeth.

Here’s why:  It further encourages and promotes Christian bubbles, which is in complete contradiction to Jesus’ example of being relevant to surrounding culture.  The world doesn’t get these phrases, they don’t think they’re cool, and many are laughing at us for them.  Many readers right now immediately respond in their heads, “I don’t care what they think,”  but seems like Paul had a different perspective (1 Corinthians 9:20). Many who flaunt this sort of “Christianese”  focus more on presenting their Christian clique than they do on loving those that do not know Jesus.  So anyway, enough of my whining. I truly love the church with all my heart and I say some stupid stuff also, although I try not to.  I’ll take the last portion of this post to share some phrases just. made. up. just. now.

“You Are Making Jesus Look Stupid.”

“A Christian Saying a day Keeps the Unbelievers Away.”

“Sprinkle salt on food and it usually doesn’t stand out visually, but it sure makes things taste yummy.  A pile of salt on your plate tastes yucky and may kill you.”

“Jesus’ Disciples Did a Good Job Spreading the Word, Without the word ‘Jesus’ on Their Robes and sandles.”

“Christians Aren’t Perfect.  We Are Really Actually Bad.”

“Know God?  Know Peace.  IF you Don’t Know God, You Won’t Like the Rest of This Motto.”

“His Pain.  This picture is Funny.”

“Satan is an Asshole.”

When you pray, angels kick demon ass.”

“Quit being a whiny _________(insert profanity).  Pray Instead.” (Philippians 2:14)


For more info on this topic of Christianese by theologian and Christianese researcher Dr. Toby Morrell, read here.


What do you think?

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