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The fascinating Pineapple ministry

January 3, 2018

7Hey, this just hit me this morning.

I was reading Jesus’ message in Matthew 5 that we Christians are the salt of the earth.  You’ve heard the same message, and the many applications that could tell us how deep that meaning goes.  Well, here’s an intriguing addition to this that I found as I was studying.  Follow through this story and think this out.

Dan Lewis, author of Now I Know, wrote an interesting article about pineapples (emphasis in bold are mine):

Salty and sweet are distinct tastes which our taste buds are able to detect. But add some salt to pineapple and you’ll notice something strange — it doesn’t taste salty at all. In fact, the pineapple seems to taste sweeter when the salt is added than it does otherwise. What’s going on here? Just some neat kitchen chemistry.

Bitterness — another taste we can pick up on — and sweetness cancel each other out to some degree. One of the reasons it makes sense to add sugar to your coffee is because coffee naturally is bitter, and by doing so, you end up countering the bitterness more than anything else. And in this case, what’s true for coffee is also true for pineapples. Kind of.

Pineapples are inherently sweet but also have some bitterness to them. If we can neutralize the bitterness, it would follow that the pineapple would taste sweeter. Salt does exactly this. Salt, as any 8th grade science student can tell you, is NaCl — sodium chloride. And when it mixes with the pineapple, the salt splits up into sodium and chloride ions. The chloride is tasteless (and harmless in those amounts — or, no more harmful than it would be as salt) and our tongues ignore it. The sodium, on the other hand, bonds with the acids in the pineapple and forms a similarly tasteless salt once again. In doing so, the acids in the pineapple “disappear” from our tastebuds, and the bitterness goes with them.

Think about our ministry as Christians.

Many non-Believers I encounter will not even sample the Gospel because they have a bitter view of it.  Some may have even sampled it through some other avenues of poorly-presented ways and have come away with a sour taste in their soul.

You know and I know the Gospel is healing, delicious and soul-healing.  But how do we bring the unsaved to the table?

That’s where the mature Believer comes in, showing by example and maturity the sweetness of the Good News.  His or her life (salt) takes away any perceived bitterness.  We are here on Earth to show the beauty of salvation.  Our witness – by words and deeds – can make people consume this life-saving Message.

Please note that salt is, in itself, a very dull component.  One does not sit down to a fruit plate and indulge in a bowlful of salt alone.  The salt is meant to be placed on the pineapple almost “anonymously.”  The witness is not personality-driven.  The mission-minded Christian is merely a quiet part of the salvation presentation that emphasizes the sweetness of the Gospel.

Perhaps we Believers can take away a powerful message from the Matthew 5 pineapple seasoning principle…

 

 

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