Salt – sôlt/noun a white crystalline substance that gives sea water its characteristic taste and is used for seasoning or preserving food. (from google definitions)
On popcorn at the movies, on the soft pretzel at the ball game, in my mashed potatoes at Thanksgiving, sprinkled across lunch-time salads and balanced delicately at the rim of my margarita glass–
Salt, salt, SALT–
I LOVE SALT!
The majority of salt on the earth is found in the sea. China and the US are the top producers of it.
Salt, made up chemically of Na (sodium) and Cl (chloride), in its pure form, works in our bodies in conjunction with potassium to keep our muscles, nerves and hearts beating in balance.
Heidi, my friend and culinary mastermind, while teaching us how to create the perfect, most juicy and tastiest pork loin explains, “Salt works as a wonderful tenderizer to the toughest of meats.”
We discover this truth as we feast on the mouth-watering, fork-tender creation. As she sprinkles it across her other dishes, she explains how it works in partnership with the flavors of the meal to enhance it.
Back before refrigeration was common, salt preserved meats, keeping them from spoiling and averting countless families from starving through some tough times.
Not only used to enhance and preserve food, but also as a cleansing agent, in baths and mouthwashes, salt has also commonly been used as a healing solvent.
Salt, in its most natural form… brings things to life.
And yet, like we humans can do, we tend to make things un-natural.
Table Salt– we whiten it to make it more appealing. We add things to it (iodine) to make up for things we lack. We overuse it in processed foods and soups lacking flavor. And in doing this, a beautiful, pure and balanced compound becomes unhealthy.
We’ve bleached it, we’ve changed it, we’ve bloated ourselves on it and made it unnatural.
Jesus teaching his followers in the Sermon on the Mount states–
“You are the salt of the earth,”
Of the earth. Natural. Un-tainted or changed by the world. In the original form. Back to the basic, life-giving, life-preserving, life-saving balanced purity.
Jesus also says, “…but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.” Matthew 5:13
I believe many of us Christians have lost our saltiness. We dilute God’s message of repentance and salvation. In general, we add things unnecessarily to enhance the basic Truth. We become complacent and allow un-natural elements (like sin) to bloat the message of the cross. We try to “whiten” ourselves to a point of “purity” that creates hypocrites. Man-made religion, with it’s rigidity and pious practices, has developed followers who forget to love. Actions, deeds and lives of those who wear the title of “Christian” have become unnatural, unflavorful, and no longer good for anything—except to be crushed under man’s feet.
Like table salt, man-made religion has trampled the pure, life-giving message of Jesus.
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples if you have love for one another.” John 13:34
salt of the earth/noun/an individual or group considered as representative of the best or noblest elements of society.
Again, the message of Jesus to his followers is that, “You are the salt of the earth.”
How do we restore our saltiness?
It is painful—like swabbing salt across an open wound, but it can also be healing– we must find restoration in the one place that will never disappoint—The message and life of Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ–God made human, who took on flesh and walked among us.
Jesus Christ–the Prophet, the Priest, the King.
Jesus Christ–who lived an innocent life and offered up himself as payment once and for all and FOR ALL.
Jesus Christ– the Way, the Truth the Life.
Jesus Christ–who did all things moved by an unfathomable, immeasurable depth of LOVE.
Holding fast to the teachings of Jesus, you are called to be true to who God made you. There is no one else like you.– You, as your redeemed self; you, in your sphere of influence; you, doing what you do best every day of your life; just be you. Be pure –unadulterated by the world. Be the best or noblest element in where God has placed you, keeping your motives focused on Jesus.
Acting out of love.
And, like all of Jesus’s followers in that day who heard his message, they ran to tell others, not wanting anyone to miss out on the life-saving and life-preserving message.
So, whether you are munching on your popcorn at the movies, or crunching your way through the whole bag of Lay’s potato chips (I can never eat just one!), or as you are sipping from that salt-rimmed margarita, remember to BE SALTY!