Accepting Corn Chowder By Faith

I’m not usually one to be tied down by food squeamishness.  I’m just at 6 feet tall, and I reside in the upper 230s to lower 240s.  I like me some food.  When Jenn and I were getting to know each other, it didn’t take her long to figure out that I would pretty much eat a food–granted it was not still moving.  That being said, I raised my eyebrows to a recent food purchase she made: corn chowder.   Now, I’m a big supporter of the clam chowder hailing from the place where they paahhk the caahh by the haahbaah.  Corn chowder?  Well, it may be an area of expertise to some but I’d never ventured into that “field”… until today.

My hesitation was rooted in some pre-conceived notions I had regarding some less-than-stellar corn puddings I’ve partaken of in the past.  It was an unfair comparison, but one that had me thinking that I was taking a big step of faith.  Then I saw it.  It was like a beacon to me.  A lighthouse shining its light, showing me the way to safety.  “Flavored with bacon”.  I abandoned any faith-stepping, and went out on sight there.  If it’s flavored with bacon, then I’ve just been armed with all the info I need pertaining to its eligibility for edibility.

In our daily walks with the Lord, isn’t that what we do a lot of the time?  Don’t we abandon our faith and trust in God and give in to making sure we “see” what we’re doing?  It requires a great deal of faith to accept Christ as your Savior.  The world at large doesn’t understand this commitment we make to Him, which is unfortunate, but true.  We have to go out on a limb, spiritually speaking, when we ask Him to save us from our sins.  That’s just where the faith journey begins, though!

Go back to the eating analogy (which I’m entitled to do as a Baptist!)  we don’t just eat once in our lives, and then abandon it do we?  I hope not!  We keep on eating… and eating… and- you get the point.  In our Christian lives, we don’t just accept Him in a bold move of faith and leave it at that.  We keep on practicing (or should) that same boldness and that same faith day in and day out.  If we have to test out our spiritual faith food by giving it the visual OK first, we’re missing the point.  2 Corinthians 5:7 tell us that we are to “live by faith, not by sight.”  In those things that God is trying to get us to do, we shouldn’t wait to see the label and see that it’s “flavored in bacon”.  It could be, and it could not be– but if it’s God’s will for us, then we’re a lot better off accepting it!

Oh, by the way- the corn chowder was delicious (and I could hardly taste the bacon–see where that got me?!)

Until next time.

Bacon in the Bathroom Sink

A couple of nights ago I was getting ready for bed.  I try to do this every night, actually, as sleep is a good thing.  In only two more days, I’ll actually be able to do this earlier (until August, when seminary classes start back up again!)  I was getting ready to brush my teeth, when I looked in my sink in the bathroom.  There was bacon in the sink.  I thought to myself, “This is after we told Mackenzie to keep food at the table, and here we see Exhibit A.”  I also had the thought that there’s really only a few places I don’t like seeing bacon… it is unfortunate that this is one of those places!  A possible third thought- “Why can’t weird, random stuff ever get put in Jenn’s sink?”

By itself it is amusing, but I think there’s an illustration here, too.  (I’m a former band director turned youth pastor… c’mon you couldn’t see an analogy/illustration coming from a mile away?)  I have to wonder if this is God’s reaction to us when we stray.  He’s told us there are things not to do.  These are the things that violate His will for us.  Yet, just like a stubborn 2 year old (and maybe we’re perpetually in that state to Him) we do it anyway.  When God sees the bacon in the bathroom sink, I can imagine the same reaction as my first one- “What in the world is this doing here?  This isn’t supposed to be here!”

God wants us to keep the bacon where He’s said to.  After all, no one would be shocked to see a piece of bacon in the kitchen sink.  There are kitchen sinks for us to keep bacon in with God, too.  Sex within the confines of marriage would be a good example.  Putting music, podcasts, videos, etc. on our ipods that bring honor God would be kitchen sink items, too.  To contrast these, the bacon in the bathroom sink would be adultery and taking in things dishonoring to God.  If we are called to be followers of Christ, then we are also called to be obedient.

I hope this is, although very unconventional, a help to you today.  I can’t get too mad at Mackenzie, because I know I’m guilty as charged of getting the bacon in the wrong place myself… and way more times than I can even imagine.  He doesn’t love the sins we commit, but God does love us.  I’m thankful today for mercy and grace.  I’m really hungry all of a sudden too…

Until next time!