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A dash of salt improves the whole thing

Bobby R. Henry, Sr.

Bobby R. Henry, Sr.

A dash of salt improves the whole thing

“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men.” Matthew 5:13 (NASV)

 Bobby R. Henry, Sr.

      The Blue Bonnet  slogan and jingle; “Everything’s better with Blue Bonnet on it,” is for a butter substitute margarine spread, made from hydrogenated vegetable oils or animal fats.

This prompted several studies to be done to prove that real butter was better for you than manmade margarine. Over the years several improvements have been made in the advent of butter substitutes.

However, I am a real butter, brown sugar and no artificial preservative consumer-give me the real thing- maybe I might pass on the real milk it seems to have a lingering affect on me.

Remember when there was so much talk about how salt was such a great contributor to hypertension and other ill effects?

Well, now those thoughts have been brought under close scrutiny and it is being reversed.

Studies from the Journal of the American Medical Association show that people with the highest sodium intake have the longest lives. The American Journal of Hypertension agrees. They say there is no strong evidence that cutting salt intake reduces the risk of heart attacks or strokes. In fact, reducing salt to levels recommended by the U.S. government can cause harm and decrease life expectancy. Even Scientific American has called for an end to the war on salt, saying that the drive to limit our salt intake has little basis in science. Just something to think about. And not something to be taken with a grain of salt.—www.alittlesalt.org

As I was doing a little research for this piece, I found out that salt has a great deal more benefit than just an additive you season collard greens with. Salt influences us in more ways we can imagine.

No single ingredient does more positive things for food than salt.

Aside from improving flavor, it lessens sourness and improves sweetness; salt gives steadiness to foods. Did you know that salt was a key ingredient in ice cream? It works wonders on steaks as well as sweets and it does its magic without adding a single calorie.

Salt has been the secret ingredient of the human race for over 8,000 years.

Oh, did I tell you that salt keeps icy roads safe?

Salt is a central element in the quality of your good healthiness. In reality, no electrolyte is more essential to an individual’s continued existence than salt. For nerves to send and receive electrical impulses they need the sodium that comes from salt. Salt makes your muscles strong, brain work, and keeps your cells functioning properly.

     I wonder if that is why God says, “Ye are the salt of the earth”?

Jesus compared His followers to salt. His disciples were to the world what salt is on a daily basis to us; food seasonings to make His word palatable; salt is used in preserving meat so His disciples were to keep His word and by keeping His word it hinders the broadening of dishonesty and a whole lot of other distasteful stuff from spreading; salt makes thirst, in this case makes one thirsty for His word; salt also makes things pleasantly biting or tart if need be. So too are the disciples to be in sharing His word.

The genuinely born-again person is salt and can help meet the needs of a sin sick world. Since salt adds flavoring, acts as a preservative, melts coldness, and heals wounds, it is a very appropriate description of how the believer should relate in his relationship to the world in which he lives.

There is a great burden to bear if one should lose his/her saltiness/flavor. Once salt has lost its flavor, how can its saltiness be returned? There is no way to reinstate the natural taste, so now it’s good for nothing.

For one to act as if they have flavor and live the complete opposite is demonstrating a hypocritical walk with God and people will soon hold on to their words as if they were holding air. People disrespect an uncommitted believer.

Therefore it is a very fitting description of how the believer’s connection to the world in which they exist should be.

 LET GOD DO THE COOKING; HE’S THE GREATEST CHEF AND KNOWS HIS SEASONINGS

 

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    Carma Lynn Henry Westside Gazette Newspaper 545 N.W. 7th Terrace, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33311 Office: (954) 525-1489 Fax: (954) 525-1861

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