The other day I offered Kara some pita chips. They were flavored with seas salt. She tasted one and said, “These chips are too salty,” to which I replied, “I really don’t think you can have too much salt on your chips. That’s what makes them good!”
Now the medical professionals would probably agree with Kara. Too much salt is bad for our health, they say. I’m thinking Jesus had it right when he said, “You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled underfoot.” (Matt. 5:13) Granted, Jesus was speaking in a different context when he talked of the benefits of salt. In his time, salt was used to bring flavor, promote healing, preserve items, and offer value to life, so the effects on blood pressure did not factor into his metaphor.
I wonder how we could be “salt” in our world. How might Christians enhance the lives of others and improve our surroundings today? In spite of my poor attempts at proof-texting, Jesus’ followers need to figure out how we can flavor, heal, preserve and add value to our world. A number of us who participated in the hands-on mission hope we made a positive impact in the lives of our neighbors. With smiles and kind words, we hoped to share God’s love. Using hammers and nails, we tried to put our concern into action. We tried to be a blessing and hopefully made a positive impact. Tell me, what are you doing to be a “salty” Christian? How are you going to enhance God’s world today?