Portrait of Christ,
Salt Art by Rob Ferrel,
Executada em 2016,
Salt on wood table
© Rob Ferell artist
Você é o sal da terra
Jesus disse a seus discípulos: ‘You are the salt of the earth. But if salt becomes tasteless, what can make it salty again? It is good for nothing, and can only be thrown out to be trampled underfoot by men.
"Você é a luz do mundo. Uma cidade construída no topo de uma colina não pode ser escondida. Ninguém acende uma lâmpada para colocá-la debaixo de uma banheira; eles a colocam no candelabro onde ela brilha para todos na casa. Da mesma forma, sua luz deve brilhar na vista dos homens, para que, vendo suas boas obras, eles possam dar o louvor a seu Pai do céu".
Reflection on the Salt Art work
Jesus tells His disciples today that they are the ‘salt of the earth’. Why would He use those words? Salt was very valuable in the ancient world: the Greeks thought it contained something touching on the divine; and the Romans sometimes paid their soldiers with salt. The romans even said when a soldier didn't carry out his duties that ‘he was not worth his salt’.
To me there are two reasons why Jesus used the salt-analogy for His disciples and also for us. Salt has two main qualities: it preserves and it flavours. Salt preserves and thus we are called as Christians to help preserve what is good in the culture; preserve nature, god’s creation surrounding us; preserve integrity, etc… Salt must be in contact though with meat or fish in order to preserve. So must we be in close contact with the culture that surrounds us in order to preserve the good that is present in that culture.
Salt also flavours. As Christians, we can bring the distinctive flavouring of God's values to all we do in life. You can thus make life more tasty, more exciting, more colourful and joyful. Like with all that Jesus teaches us, our ‘salt’ is not only in the witness of the words we speak, but also in the witness of our deeds.
In 2016 there was a rage to create art with table salt, so called ‘Salt Art’. The internet raged with the art trend. Our work here is by Mexican born artist Rob Ferrel (illustrated here with his work), who became one of the most prolific Salt Art artists. This art cannot be sold. It is made and when shared over the internet, it disappears again in a salt tin. Momentary art created in a fleeting moment, but perpetuated through the internet… Salt of the earth to create beautiful images and evangelise online…
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