“You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless.” (Matthew 5:13 NLT)
Can pure salt (sodium chloride) lose its flavor? The answer to that question is no. However, take note of the question I asked. I asked if pure salt could lose its flavor, and the answer is that in its purest form, it cannot.
However, in ancient times, before and when Jesus walked the earth, the salt collected was not always in its purest form. Indeed, many times it was contaminated with other minerals, and full of impurities. Therefore, when eating of this contaminated salt, the partakers of that salt may have tasted the minerals and other contaminants, which would have given the salt an “off” flavor.
Also, salt is water soluble. Therefore, in a humid climate, salt that has been exposed to condensation and water could be dissolved, leaving only whatever contaminants were mixed in with the salt, again, causing the salt to lose its flavor.
In Jesus’ area, salt would have been obtained from salt marshes nearby, or from the Dead Sea, and these would have been full of the contaminants I’m talking about. For in those days, we didn’t have the factories or the ability to extract other unwanted chemicals from the salt. Therefore, it wasn’t uncommon for someone’s salt to be flavorless or to taste “off.”
Indeed, it was fairly common, and when that happened, people would throw the useless salt out into the road, where it would be trampled into the ground. It’s important to note that the unwanted salt was not thrown into the field or someone’s yard, otherwise, it could kill someone’s crops. Therefore, it was safer, to throw it onto the roadways, where nothing was planted, and where it would be crushed by people and animals into the ground.
Now, armed with this knowledge, what could Jesus have meant, when He said, “You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless.” (Matthew 5:13 NLT)
In what ways could a man or woman of God, the salt of the earth, lose his/her flavor? One way that we could lose our flavor and become like useless salt, is if the Word within us is watered down or diluted. For instance, there are many preachers, teachers, evangelists and prophets, who preach a watered down version of God’s word.
They refuse to speak of sin and the need for repentance, because they don’t want to offend anyone. Some don’t believe the devil and his demons really exist. Some believe in psychology and psychiatry, yet turn a blind eye to demonic possession and oppression. Their gospel is so watered down that it is entirely flavorless. Is it really any wonder that so many want nothing to do with the church? After all, how is this any different than living in the world? These people have lost their saltiness, and as Jesus said, they should be cast out. Yet, instead, many of us embrace them!
Then, there are those who, like the salt that we discussed earlier, are filled with many impurities. They sow seeds of discord among believers. We all know some of them. The Apostle Paul described these people in 2 Timothy 3:
You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. 2 For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. 3 They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. 4 They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. 5 They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!
These flavorless preachers, teachers and prophets include many teachings that are the antithesis of scripture. You’ve seen it. There are so-called clergy, who believe and teach that homosexuality is of God. They not only condone it, they even practice it and encourage others to do so!
Beloved reader, how many televangelists have you seen, who couldn’t care less about your souls? All they want is more money and power. You’ve seen the preachers, the deacons, the elders in the church, who have no love for Jesus. They are in these positions for the power and prestige it brings them. You’ve seen the Sunday School teachers and youth leaders, who, though some may love youth and children, care more about making sure youth and children have fun, rather than being concerned about their relationship with Christ, not to mention those who are there as predators, and seek their own pleasure by destroying our children and youth. You’ve also seen people in the church, who are content where they are, as long as they aren’t forced to confront their own sin.
Whether these people are flavorless because of impurities or watered down versions of the gospel, if they don’t repent and change, they will be cast out and trampled, just as Jesus said. Beloved reader, if any of this describes you, I urge you to repent before it is too late! Jesus makes it very clear that we are to be the salt of the earth. We are to bring a good and rich flavor to this decaying world.
Have you ever eaten a cake that has no salt? It is one of the most disgusting things you’ve ever tasted, because even sweet things need the savory flavor of salt. Otherwise, it just tastes like something rotten. If we only believe, teach and preach the scriptures that say God is love, but refuse to believe, teach and preach those scriptures that show He is also a just God, who will avenge injustice, it is like eating a sickening sweet cake that has no salt. It is disgusting.
How can we expect our children to do what is good and right, if we don’t teach them the pure, incorrupt truth? How can we expect anyone to do what is right and good, if we don’t show them? As a wise person once said, we, Christians, are the only bible most of the world will ever see. If we have lost our flavor, they will simply taste and see what it is in everyone who is without Christ… unbelief… hatred… bitterness… envy… strife… adultery… Don’t you want others to come and do as David did in Psalm 34:8?
Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good;
Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!
Beloved reader, have you lost your flavor? If so, I urge you to repent. Seek the Lord, while He may be found. He is not only a just God, but also a merciful One.
“Come now, and let us reason together,”
Says the Lord,
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
They shall be as white as snow;
Though they are red like crimson,
They shall be as wool.”
(Isaiah 1:18 NKJV)
Cast away any flavorless, worldly teachings you have been exposed to. Seek the Truth of God’s Word, so that you may be able to walk in His power and strength. I urge you brothers and sisters in Christ, do not become like flavorless salt, lest you be cast away and trampled.
Cheryl A. Showers