The Saltiness of Righteousness

Do you love eating like I do?  One of my cravings is salt and vinegar potato chips, even though I know that they are not that healthy.  During a recent visit to the doctor, I was told that my blood pressure was elevated, and I needed to reduce my intake of sodium.  As a result, I prepared a few meals that contained no salt.  Upon taking the first few bites, I immediately regretted this decision since it had no taste and was downright undesirable to eat.  It was then that I fully appreciated the benefits of salt as an ingredient to a desirable meal. 

In Matthew 5:13, Jesus declares that “[we] are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned?  It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.” 

Our righteousness through the blood of Jesus Christ is the “salt” that generates a hunger and thirst in those around us, in conjunction with the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.  In turn, the flavor of our salt is the righteousness that is visible to the world.  Our hunger and thirst for righteousness (Matthew 5:6) is spurred on by the flavorful taste of it and the blessing that it produces.

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  1. Sir – as always thanks for your insights and unravelings. But in this vein I must at least contravail your logic if just a smidge … mainly, if it is not healthy for you, using less salt does not mean flavorless. In fact do you salt your fruit also? Not to deny any allegorical/metaphorical connotations but to get to the literal meat of the matter. If you use it as an accent rather than a dominant flavor you will savor it all the more. Furthermore, I would venture to guess that many recognize that in the interest of fairness and good health there are some meritorious spices from around the globe that are known to overcome the need to pepper everything with salt.


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