Salt of the Earth

January 13, 2019

The Sermon on the Mount opens the whole message of the Bible, especially Matthew 5:13.

 

Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? - Matthew 5:13

 

When I heard "you are the salt of the earth" as a child, I thought Jesus was giving his followers a routine compliment.

 

Indeed, people sometimes use the phrase "salt of the earth" to mean "down to earth." But this is a misrepresentation.

 

Jesus used "salt" metaphorically.

 

Jesus' listeners had all the problems we have today, and then some.

 

He pointed to their sense of fear, and he pointed out the logical flaw.

 

You are like salt.

 

If salt lost its salty taste, what on earth would you salt it with?

 

If all salt everywhere became bland, there would be no way to salt it, as all salt is bland!

 

And as all salt is bland, there would be no way to use it to salt anything else.

 

What did Jesus mean by this?

 

God’s love is inherent like the composition of salt.

 

If we were separate from God, no prayer or wisdom would do any good.

 

Prayer is good and wisdom is good, but only because they reorient us toward our real life in God.

 

Prayer is effective because it reflects who we actually are. We could not claim our truth if there were no truth to claim!

 

If we were separate from God, this separation would be unbridgeable, and there would be no way to reach God.

 

Separation from God is a fear-based belief, not a genuine possibility.

 

Prayer doesn’t bridge any would-be gap; it simply reorients us toward who we really are.

 

  

 

 

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