Salty dog

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 underfoot. (Matthew 5:13)

I always thought that what Jesus meant when He said we were the salt of the earth must go something like this:

You are the salt of the earth
You are what gives life flavor
You are the non-boring part of human existence
You are why I made peopleth-1
You are the grit
The rub
You are not top dog — I’m top dog
You are salty dog

You are not complete
You are unfinished — rough
You are poor in your soul
And hungry and thirsty
And hurting
And low to the ground
You are falsely accused
And misunderstood
But your heart is pure
You seek peace
And you welcome anyone
Because you are the salt of the earth

Don’t try to be what you’re not
Then you won’t be salty anymore
Salt that is not salty?
Whoever heard of such a thing?
Salt that is not salty is useless.
It’s lost its grittiness
It’s lost its taste
It’s diluted
Boring
You are there, but you’re not
You don’t change anything
You serve no purpose
You have no personality
You might be refined
But you’re not salty
So what good are you?

You are the salt of the earth
You flavor this existence
You preserve this thing called life
You are not perfect, but you are the point
You are the meaning
You aren’t perfect, but you’re salty
And I like you that way
You old salty dog

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3 Responses to Salty dog

  1. Robert Smith says:

    ~ When I saw the title for todays Catch, I thought you were going to give us some advance prepping for “Talk Like a Pirate Day” coming this Friday!
    Still a good Catch, though, ye’ scalawag! Yarrrr…. 🙂

  2. Mark Seguin says:

    Good Catch Pastor John – i liked & got a lot out of it too… 🙂

  3. Sherri Johnson says:

    Your opening had me remembering a great Rock Musical of the very early ’70s – Godspell! In particular, the song “You Are The Light Of The World”. There is a line that says, “But if that salt has lost its flavor, it ain’t got much in it’s favor…”. Thanks for your article but thank you also for bringing back memories of the great songs from this Musical of my youth.

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