Whether or not Donald Trump, of two Corinthians, fame is a Christian, I would contend that he is the saltiest candidate and will probably win.
You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trodden under foot by men.
Stout sheds some light on this passage that I’ve never encountered before:
…what was then popularly called ‘salt’ was in fact white powder which, while containing sodium chloride, also contained much else…the sodium chloride was probably the most soluble component and so the most easily washed out. The residue of white powder still looked like salt, and was doubtless still called salt, but it neither tasted nor acted like salt. It was just road dust.
He goes on to quote Dr. Martin Lloyd-Jones:
…the glory of the gospel is that when the Church is absolutely different from the world, she invariably attracts it. It is then that the world is made to listen to her message, though it may hate it at first.
Stout goes on to assert that …if Christians become assimilated to non–Christians and contaminated by the impurities of the world, they lose their influence.
So what does this have to do with presidential politics in 2016? I think most politicians are just road dust. I think they have assimilated to each other and so we get the same message year after year (of course there is a Democratic and Republican flavor to that message).
Along comes Donald Trump. He is not assimilated. He is like a salty old sailor who speaks his mind and does not care if you like it or not. In fact you may hate it at first. But like the Church described by Dr. Loyd-Jones he (Trump) invariably attracts people.
Hillary Clinton is just road dust and that would be okay if she were running against other road dust—but, she’s not. She’s running against salt and, while I do not like it, salty old Donald Trump will probably blow the road dust away in his wake.