Tuesday’s Torch 603
September 1, 2020
“Low-sodium diet.” Very simply put, those are terrible words to hear coming from a medical professional. So many of the absolute best and most wonderful tasting foods are absolutely loaded with salt. Lowering or eliminating the salt content of many of those foods destroys the taste so much that you are oft-times better off skipping the food entirely. With time and lots of effort, you can make due and try to find other things to eat or to season food with but it’s not the same.
People need sodium. In the midst of horrific genocide in Cambodia under the horrors of the Khmer Rouge one of the things the displaced and fleeing for their lives Cambodians craved the most was salt. Such a simple thing became a sought after thing of immense value to them. I bring this up to point out that even in times of fearing for your life, something as simple as salt is a big deal.
I have been pondering this for a while, especially as I’ve adjusted my diet gradually over the years. Low-sodium and other dietary restrictions can be brutal and complicated and just make life quite miserable if you aren’t careful. I would like to share the following verse that I feel like can give us all just a glimpse of a major problem in the world.
“Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men”. (Matthew 5:13)
We are the salt of the earth. What is savour? Savour is defined as the specific taste or smell of something. The essence of a thing if you will. Salt has a very specific taste that sets it apart, as anyone who has ever tried a salt substitute or has intentionally or accidentally left it out of a recipe can attest!
So what is our Savour? It is our righteousness and our devotion to living the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We keep our Savour by following the Savior. By doing as he would have us do and living as he would have us live.
Look around at many of the problems in this world. Something is missing. Something is being left out of the recipe for peace and prosperity. Something doesn’t taste quite right. There is a missing ingredient. The salt of the earth isn’t found in the amount required to season or to preserve happiness and peace. Salt has amazing value as a preservative.
I understand that this message may seem strange or odd that I would be talking so much about salt. But our part in all of this is to be the salt, and to not lose the savour that makes us so. Don’t just read the word, live it. Don’t just believe in God and the Savior but trust in them! Put your faith in the Lord and strive to share the testimonies we have acquired!
Seriously, look around at problems plaguing our country and many parts of the world. Christlike virtues would eliminate so many problems and would make so much better. This world needs us. It needs each of us. And it needs us to be actively seeking the opportunities to be the salt of the earth.
People are trying desperately to find out what is missing from their lives and communities and the world, they are striving to find happiness in all sorts of different ways and down many different paths. But it is my sincere belief that they are all experiencing the odd and wrong taste of an improperly seasoned life. They are using a salt substitute instead of the real thing. Following Jesus Christ and living as he would have us live will help us to find the flavor of life, the essence of life and yes, we will maintain our savour to avoid being trampled by a very hectic and crazy world sometimes.
We are caught up in a great big world, and this great big world recipe requires an extra dose of Salt. Gospel salt if you will. Let’s make sure we are that salt and help others to be as well. What good is imitation salt when the real thing is needed? That means we must be active and righteous Christians. Faithful and devout Christianity and righteousness is what is required of us to make this world better. Let’s make like this world is a gigantic tub of movie theater popcorn, don’t skimp on the salt or that sodium filled theater butter!!! How bland it would be with none of that. Life is the same way for so many without our Father in Heaven and his Son Jesus Christ. Let us share the blessing of the Gospel with others. That is the missing ingredient. Ye are the salt of the earth and I thank you for tuning in and wish you only the greatest blessings, in the sacred name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
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