A thought came to my mind the other day, “Too much honey; not enough salt”. I lingered on thinking of that for some time to try and get some leverage with it or from it, and I think I have found some.
Our society, or culture lives for the pleasurable, and we have found ourselves in a little chaos. Wall Street pretty much sets the agenda in the matters of wealth, at least did for a while, then things fell apart, and now that it appears to be recovering there are many going back to the god of greed.
Pleasure, comfort, entertainment is fine in their place and time; but we need to be realistic about life. It cannot be all fun and games. It is not all fun and games; as much as we would like for it to be.
The writer of Proverbs said, “Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it.” Proverbs 25:16 (KJV). Seems you could say this is a case of “Too much honey…”.
We have all heard the saying “You catch more bees with honey” or “flies”. My question with that is “Who wants bees?” Unless you are a beekeeper. I surely don’t want any flies. I know the idea of the saying is similar to “A spoon full of sugar makes the medicine go down”; but too much is still too much.
We need some “salt” in society, or our culture. Salt is a flavoring, seasoning, healer, and we need healing for sure. “This cereal is ‘slick'” is a phase I can remember my Dad saying concerning eating a bowl of hot cereal for breakfast or something else. “Slick” meant that it didn’t have salt in it; or at the least; not enough salt, and makes the food have an “flat” or “slick” feel in the mouth.
Jesus said, “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted?” Matthew 5:13 (KJV) As Christians we are to add flavor to the culture, society, community, we live in. And that flavor or action, or taste will not always be a pleasant one. It may offend, but all in all it will be the aid to what ails us.
Without Jesus and the salt of the earth the honey of society becomes nothing but sorrow. Enjoy the pleasures God gives, in Him, but never forsake Him; enjoy them in worshipping Him; and you will be blessed. Forget Him or forsake Him, and you perish.
“TO MUCH HONEY; NOT ENOUGH SALT”
-Tim A. Blankenship