By: Ely Lagajino
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 1 John 2: 15 (ESV)
The former location of Sodom and Gomorrah became the lowest portion of the earth today, a maximum of one thousand three hundred twenty feet below the Mediterranean. The place is called the Dead Sea because no living microscopic aquatic organisms such as fish and water plants could survive due to the high concentration of salt. The sea is fed by the Jordan River but has no apparent outlet. It’s the best place to teach swimming because the water is so “dense that nobody would sink” (Bible Dictionary and Con. p.102).
Today salt is chemically refined sodium chloride which is a stable substance. It can’t become tasteless. But during the time of Christ when He said that we are the salt of the earth, He was referring to the mineral halite or rock salt mined from the cliff along the Dead Sea developed out of evaporation. When this salt mixes with soil or other impurities it loses its saltiness.
It is useless for flavoring, cannot preserve, and cannot disinfect. It can only be thrown along the pathway as gravel in the road to kill the weeds that might grow, and to keep mud away from sandals.
Maybe some Filipino tourists with green mango snacks were not attracted to Mrs. Lot’s monument, a pillar of salt because it lost its saltiness. Tourists visiting the Dead Sea are leaving footprints in the salt, instead of the sand.
Jesus warned as to be on guard, that the world filled with sin is possible for one to be contaminated. The salt entrusted to us is so important that if it loses its saltiness we, certainly, will also lose our usefulness for the work of God.
Let our usefulness include earnest prayers for nations to come to repentance so that during the end times, as in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah, more people will live or die in Jesus name.