Matthew 5:13 – You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet. (ESV)
In my genealogical research of the early history of my area of the North American continent, I found that salt was an important commodity for the early settlers. Before refrigeration, salt was an essential preservative for meats of various kinds.
An important social event took place in the autumn during the mullet season on the gulf coast of Florida. Wagon trains, pulled by mules, transported the families to the coast. At night, the wagons were placed in circles, and families slept in and under them for safety. They would seine for mullet, clean them, and salt them down. The wagons were then loaded with the salted fish and the next year's supply of salt.
When Jesus spoke of salt as being salty, He was not speaking of the flavour that salt added to the food, but its ability to preserve meats — to keep them from becoming rancid and to protect them from worms.
As Christians, we are mixed into a society where we should heal and preserve the culture by our witness. If we are to be the salt of the earth, we must act as a preservative and purifier in society.
As followers of Christ today, are we adding flavour to society and preserving the Christian way of life for those who come after us? Can people tell that we are Christians by the flavour we add to life? Has our salt lost its taste?
Prayer: Lord, You have told us that if salt has lost its taste, it is not good for anything. Help us to examine our lives and determine if we are still salty. Purify us that we may preserve Your way of life for others yet to come. In Your holy name, we pray. Amen.
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