Have you ever anticipated biting into a favorite food only to find it bland with little or no taste because no salt had been added? If someone was closer to a salt source than you, more than likely your request was “Will you pass the salt, please?” In fact many of us have probably had someone say, “Pass the salt please.”
Although many in the medical field tell us salt is not good for us especially if there has been a diagnosis of certain physical conditions as hypertension or heart disease, yet meals can sometime be very bland if they lack salt.
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus declared to his listeners, “You are the salt of the earth.” Aware of the importance of salt in His day in preserving, disinfecting, curing, and trade, Jesus added if salt loses its savor/taste it’s of no use and should be cast out and trampled. His challenge to them and to us is not to be bland but possess the strength and qualities that make salt valuable.
With so much tastelessness in today's world, we have been called to be the salt of the earth. Therefore when a little lie is ok as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone or infidelity is harmless between consenting adults or wealth gotten by nefarious practices is free enterprise at work that vile name calling is merely exercising freedom of speech, or one race feeling superior over another is simply how God made us, or whatever feels good is fine to do, we need to be and to pass the salt…please.
As salt, our seasoning should be of wisdom, truth, love and boldness to make a difference! We are called to disinfect disrespect, profane language, lewd behavior, inferior thinking, and inequality and to preserve hope, justice, humanity, love, peace, and holiness? To those on the verge of giving in or giving up, we are called to be the salt of hope that provides the taste of hopefulness. For someone who has experienced unspeakable trauma, we must be the salt of compassion to bring the taste of perseverance over the trauma of grief or pain. Believers are called to make a difference. The question is, are we willing to be and to pass the salt….please!
Biblical Affirmation: Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt has lost his savor, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Matthew 5:13