Oh, I know, what you’re thinking. You’re thinking that I have had some deep and profound spiritual revelation while visiting the men’s room at Wal-Mart or maybe I’m having flashbacks from changing diapers when my kids were babies. Actually, neither one is completely true, it just came to me one day. I wouldn’t call it an epiphany, maybe just a very moving experience.
Think about it, we can eat the most aromatic foods that smell so good they make our mouths water, we can eat spicy foods, sweet foods, hot foods cold foods, ice cream, chocolate, hot dogs or caviar, but when our body has digested and extracted the useful elements the end product (no pun intended) smells bad, every time. So, here was my thought. What if I could invent some kind of chemical that would make this product of ours smell like, oh I don’t know, lilacs or maybe rose petals? You can just imagine the commercials, or I can anyway, for this wonderful chemical concoction. It could be adapted for dogs and cats and iguanas and any other household pet that well, poops.
That way when little Junior does his business in his pamper, you’d be opening up a package of “Spring Delight” or “Apple Bottoms” and then you could just toss it into the trash can and you wouldn’t even have to throw the trash for a few days, in fact, you might just keep it in the living room.
Ah Ha! That’s the point! If it didn’t stink we would keep it. Nobody would see it as a threat to the health of their family if it smelled like “Caribbean Ocean Spray.” We wouldn’t rush to change the baby because she didn’t smell bad. I can guarantee there would be a lot more little people with rashed bottoms because the indicator has been tampered with. I would guess that our health care system would be overrun with an overwhelming increase in diseases that are kept at bay now because of our natural aversion to our by-products.
Many poor countries are consumed with diseases simply because they do not have the ability to properly dispose of their waste product. Ignorant peasants steeped in superstition in third world countries are regularly diagnosed with water-borne diseases from washing in “sacred” waters that are also filled with human excrement. God made poop stink on purpose to protect us from hidden microscopic pathogens.
Pathogen: any disease-producing agent, esp. a virus, bacterium, or other microorganism.1
Pathogen is a combination of two Greek words, páthos which means suffering and “gen” which is a combining form meaning “that which produces,” used in the formation of compound words: endogen; hydrogen.
So a pathogen is an element that produces suffering. In this case, unnecessary suffering from keeping close to you that which should be disposed of, or inadequate or inappropriate disposal of waste elements that cause unhealthy exposure.
Hopefully you know where I’m going with this, but if not, here it is: If your in a situation that is making your life really stink, it may be because God wants you to let it go, flush it, wrap it up and throw it away, that way you won’t start to stink and become diseased. So many people I know have held on to things that have caused their families to be diseased and distressed, churches have become cesspools of tradition and bitterness all because they have figured out some way of bypassing their spiritual sense of smell. What? Are you crazy, Armando (I’m sorry I keep speaking for you, but since this is more of a monologue I just have to do it this way) a spiritual sense of smell? That’s ridiculous! Is it now? What about these verses:
But thanks be to God, who made us his captives and leads us along in Christ’s triumphal procession. Now wherever we go he uses us to tell others about the Lord and to spread the Good News like a sweet perfume. Our lives are a fragrance presented by Christ to God. But this fragrance is perceived differently by those being saved and by those perishing. To those who are perishing we are a fearful smell of death and doom. But to those who are being saved we are a life-giving perfume. And who is adequate for such a task as this?
2 Cor. 2:14-16
Have you ever sprayed a cheap air freshener into a stinky room? You spray “Rose Puff” into the bathroom at your friend’s house after you have “used the facility” and you know what it smells like? It smells like something stinky with a splash of “Rose Puff,” that’s what it smells like. When we try to add the fragrance of the gospel of Jesus Christ to our lives without letting go of the bitterness, the anger or malice, the unforgiveness we hold onto, it just doesn’t smell right. It stinks on purpose! Oh, it may have started out wonderful, but it has served its purpose in your life and now you need to let it go and walk away. My prayer is that your life is a series of moving experiences and that everything comes out all right in the end.
Very well put! My husband cleans portable toilets for a living. He's use to the smell. I ride with him at times and can tell you it's pretty rank. When we continue doing things God wants us to get rid of, we are just "putting up with the smell" and people get so use to their own stink, they never think of it. Very, Very, WELL PUT!