Sunday, December 19, 2010

Repackaged Christianity

Kids often say the funniest and most profound things.  One morning my nephew was watching Nana make a sandwich. And he asked her “is that from a turkey that can run away?”

What I find intriguing is that he put it together that the sandwich is in fact from a turkey that can run away.

Just like turkey and various meats are repackaged and served to us, so is much of the information we get in the world today.  Let’s face it, if any information comes through a television or radio, someone paid for it, and is somehow making a profit by getting it to you.  Or else you would not be hearing it.

When you drive down a nice country road and see a calf frolicking in the meadow  - do you salivate?  No? How about when someone slaps  a nice juicy steak on the barbecue?  That tasty steak was once the same cute little calf jumping around and having a good time not anticipating it’s fate to be in your belly.

There is a whole lot of cunning labor to turn that little cute frolicking calf into a juicy steak.  Someone has to raise it, inoculate it, give it steroids,  and feed it all the right stuff.  Then it is sold at auction.  Then it goes to the slaughter house, then the grocery store and finally it is  shrink wrapped and particular lighting is used to make it look fresh while in fact it may have been on the shelf for some time.  All we see is the packaged end product and we dissociate in any way that it was once a cute little calf.

I find this Is much how the Word of God is handled.  If all we do is go to the church store or television store  to get our weekly dose of Word, then we are getting the packaged end product of much well thought out cultivated labor.  This end product has to be packaged in such a way that you will keep buying from that particular store and not move on.  If you don’t keep buying from that store, then the store can’t stay in business.  It thrives on repeat business.

Because of this repeat business mentality this gospel story is more than likely another Jesus whom the bible has not preached!  (2Co 11:4)

The best selling gospel products we are sold filters out the “carry your cross” (Luk 14:27) , “hate your family” (Luke 14:26 ), and  “through much tribulation enter the kingdom of God” (Act 14:22) scriptures.  The best selling Christian products emphasize the prosperity doctrine, how we can live a more victorious life or how Jesus is our Savior but somehow we are under no obligation to make Him Lord.

If we had to slaughter that poor little calf on our own to eat, we would much more appreciate the fact that it gave it’s life so we could live another day.  We would come closer to understanding the terror and the sadness firsthand of this poor little calf.  It’s life would have much more meaning to us from a personal perspective.

As I was writing this the Lord impressed upon me these scriptures:

Pro 5:15  Drink waters out of thine own cistern, And running waters out of thine own well.

Joh 4:13-14  Jesus answered and said unto her, Every one that drinketh of this water shall thirst again:  (14)  but whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall become in him a well of water springing up unto eternal life.

Let Jesus be your well.  Drink from Him.

Til we meet again, dig deeper, go higher.

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