Salt is daring. It fills up the earth’s oceans as though it deserves full attention.
Salt is essential to our bodies.
Salt can make or break the palatability of a meal.
And, salt can lower the freezing point of water.
The upstate New York Highway Departments literally dumps salt on the roads during winter. Salt lowers the freezing point of the falling snow and ice, and keeps the roads from being too treacherous. Salt is an important calculation where the weather can stay below freezing for weeks. Salt helps us drivers stay safe.
However, our vehicles beg to differ. A humorous perspective sees our vehicles getting pickled. But, the facts win out. Salt rusts. Big time. And, it doesn’t matter if you are driving an economical humdrum car, or a flashy classy truck, salt indiscriminately rusts away at metal.
The neutrality aspect of salt is interesting. It parallels my concept of an impartial God, evenhanded and neutral. There is no melodrama with God. No attachment to one group of people while detached from another group of people. No prejudice. God is a presence. God is daring. God expresses through us all a complete life and love. To be daring our self, to be essential, tasteful, and useful is practical. We can practice all the useful qualities of salt.
It is no wonder Christ Jesus has been credited with a metaphor mentioning salt. He instructs his listeners, “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.” (Matt. 5:13, NIV)