Be salty – zebra crossing of devotion

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Be salty
By Debbie Holloway

You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything but to be kicked out and trampled underfoot (Matthew 5:13).

I think sometimes we get so used to our familiar metaphors that we don't really let their meaning flow into it. What Christian did not proclaim brightly: "We are salt and light!"? And yet, are we really thinking about the meaning of these images? In a tradition of faith in which we have so many great metaphors and allegories, let us think about those that Jesus shaped.

What does it mean to be "the salt of the earth"?

Salt improved

As we know too well in our sodium-filled modern world, salt makes things taste better. But spice connoisseurs will ensure that when used properly, salt brings out the flavor that is already present in the food itself. Unlike pepper, which was used in ancient times to mask unpleasant rotting and souring in foods like meat, salt only improves what is in there.

As Christians, we are not here to block out the colors and flavors around us. We are not here to ignore or destroy what we see and replace it with something else. Rather, we should be (tasty) ambassadors of Christ to bring out and show what is good. God made a good world, and although it fell, it is still good! We still have the breath of life from God within us. So let's remember to point out the truth and be the people improving and brightening up everywhere and not overwhelming our surroundings like too much pepper.

Canned salt

How did people preserve perishable food before the age of refrigeration? That's right: salt. Packing meat with salt slows down the process of decay and makes it easier to store, transport and store meat without it going rancid immediately.

Likewise, as the salt of the earth, we want to remember to preserve what is good. In matters of justice and responsibility, Christians should be central to fighting for what is right and safe and what brings the world to life around us. Our homes, families, and communities should be solid and fresh, not rot and smelly.

What use are we if we do not protect and preserve? If we cannot improve the taste of our surroundings, we have no choice but to "be thrown away" (so to speak).

Faith and life overlap: Be a pleasant taste and a force for good, and the people around you will "praise your Heavenly Father" (Matthew 5:16).

further reading

Matthew 5

Colossians 4: 6

Mark 9:50

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