Two Sides of Salt, and Almost Everything Else

SaltBadGoodSmallI like salt. Fortunately, I have blood pressure that’s on the low end of the scale so I’m OK, for now. For many people, however, salt is a potential health risk. Yes, salt must be used with caution.

But salt is also good. It adds flavor to most foods (just try leaving it totally out of a recipe and you realize how important it is). Before refrigeration it was also a key way to preserve meat. We often use the phrase of someone who is important to life, “You’re the salt of the earth.” Jesus said that His followers are like salt in this way.

Salt can be good or harmful like almost everything in life. Money, sex, power, drugs, time, and knowledge are just a few examples of what can be used in good or bad ways.

The indiscriminate use of anything usually leads to trouble and even disaster. This is because we humans, being the fallen and imperfect creatures we are, can be really creative in using God-given wonderful things in destructive ways. It seems to take no effort at all!

It all comes down to choice. We have been given the power to choose how to use everything God has put within our reach. God has given us many good gifts in life. It’s up to us to use them in good, people-helping, and God-glorifying ways.

Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach…I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life…”(Deuteronomy 30:11,19)


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