Let’s talk about salt for a second.
I made a ton of soup this weekend–half of it went to my neighbor as a peace offering on behalf of my cats–and tonight, I ate soup for dinner. I got rid of my salt shaker, and switched to a box of kosher salt (or, I’m lazy, not eccentric: you decide!); and while I was distracted with a palm of salt to sprinkle on said soup, I oversalted it.
One pinch of salt enhances the soup. Two pinches makes it taste like salt.
It was perhaps appropriate; I had been in conversation with a friend as he worked through, “You are the salt of the earth; if the salt has lost its flavor, what good is it?” And while salt unused is wasted, salt overused is wasted as well.
Salt is an incredible thing in human history. Mark Kurlansky, my favorite renegade historian, wrote a marvelous history of it called Salt: A World History, and in it he notes that more wars and policies have been made over its use than gold or land. (Read the book, it’s amazing!) Salt enhances and preserves foods, it melts ice, it wards off evil spirits (in some forms of belief)… and it’s what we’re called as Christ’s people. We are the salt of the earth. We can’t not do anything, we can’t be overbearing and controlling–we have to find balance.
Not that we haven’t. This is just a friendly reminder as the Jesus Practicum speaks to the teachings of Jesus and our Lenten sermon series focuses on the I AM connections of Christ to God, we have to find balance between the theory and action of doing Christianity. Keep it up, folks! If Monday’s Board meeting was any indication, we’ve got a lot going on and it’s all good. This year is going to be spicy, sweet, savory and fantastic.
This Sunday, I won’t see you in worship. I’ll be in Gonzalez, Texas, finishing a weekend of keynoting for the youth of the Bluebonnet Area. (They’ve been inviting me pretty consistently since I last keynoted in the summer of 2011.) However, a seasoned professional will be filling the pulpit, and I know you’ll want to hear Don Manworren in my absence. (You should probably also listen to Don Manworren when I’m around too, he’s pretty great.) I will be back Monday, and I look forward to being with you the next time it happens.
Shalom y’all, and pass the salt!