For Jesus to be the master in Salida would mean that all would claim Him as such. It would mean that every bar, liquor store, and marijuana clinic would be shut down; that every person in town would have repented of their sins of adultery, fornication, sodomy, lasciviousness, idolatry, paganism, and even their lying! The Bible quotes Jesus as saying “And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?” (Luke 6:46) The Bible is full of the things that Jesus commanded His servants to do but I think the one that wraps it all together is found in 1 Peter 1:15-16 “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” I can tell you without a doubt that Jesus Christ is NOT Lord in Salida. That sign was made to make people feel good in their religion while those same people live a hypocritical life! If you have that sign up at your house and you are not faithful to God’s house don’t call Him your Lord. If you have that sign up and you’re down at the Tenderfoot Tavern on Friday night don’t call Him your Lord!
Many will say that there is nothing wrong with what they are doing. They will say God is a God of love and He does not judge. Obviously you don’t read your Bible. The word “judge” is used 177 times in the King James Bible. The first mention is found in Genesis 15:14 and it is God speaking saying He will judge. The last mention of the word “judge” is found in Revelation 19:11 “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.” Again, this is speaking of Jesus so the first and last mention of the word “judge” is talking about God judging. Yes, He is a God of love. I John 4:8b tells us “God is Love” but the Bible also tells us that God is a God of judgment! II Timothy 4:1 “I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;” & Isaiah 61:8a “For I the LORD love judgment…” Proverbs 6:16, Isaiah 61:8, Jeremiah 44:4, Zechariah 8:17, & Revelation 2:6 & 15 all tell us that God hates sin! Many verses have shown us that certain sins are an abomination to Him which means it makes Him sick! Sin is prevalent in Salida and as such means that Jesus is not Lord of this town.
The good news is that Jesus not only wants to be Lord of Salida but He wants to be your Lord. The Bible tells us in Matthew 4:17 “From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Repent is “to sorrow or be pained for sin, as a violation of God's holy law”. I plead with all people, Repent! Don’t wait! Tomorrow may be too late!