Nine or ten years ago, I pastored a church in Jackson, Mississippi. There was a restaurant just outside of the city that my wife and I frequented on a regular basis. I can still taste the fried catfish that we ordered on the “All you can eat” menu. That was some good catfish. If I recall correctly, you could order all you could eat for eight or nine dollars. It came with fries, hush puppies, cole slaw, and onions. There was many a time that I left the restaurant thinking I would never have to eat again. I didn’t mind paying the money because I felt that it was well worth the price.
One Thursday night as we were heading home, we passed the restaurant and noticed that the parking lot was “jam packed”. Thinking that maybe they were running a special on catfish, I slowed down to read their advertisement sign.
In big bold letters it said, “Chitterlings: $13.95 all you can eat”. My wife explained that they really meant chittlins, but being city folk they didn’t know how to spell correctly.
Forget the spelling. People were actually clamoring to the place to eat chittlins? Did they not know that was a fancy name for hog guts? Surely there must be some other reason they were eating there. But alas, it was the lure of the chittlins, and not only were they eating them, they were paying fourteen bucks to do it!
Each time I passed by there on Thursday night, every parking space was filled and there was a line out the door. Couldn’t they smell the awful smell that had to be coming from the kitchen?
My defense system started to break down as each week went by. The more I thought about it, if that many people liked the, uh, hog intestines, maybe they would taste alright. Thankfully, God intervened and moved me to another church in Louisiana before I could falter. I told this story to some friends as we ate crawfish and sucked the juice out of their heads and we laughed and laughed. As Boudreaux said, “Some people are just gross!”
Anyway, it got me to thinking. The devil works on our defenses in the same way. We look at sin and it repulses us. We think that it is disgusting. Then we notice the multitude of people that seem to be enjoying sin and begin to think, “Maybe it’s not so bad.” Sometimes God intervenes and we are removed from the temptation. Other times, He leaves it up to us to refrain from partaking in what Moses considered the “pleasures of sin”.
Let’s not let the multitude of people rushing to sin cause our senses to get dull. Chittlins still stink and so does sin!
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LOL!! I really did laugh out loud on this one when you told about eating the crawfish heads. Ugh! I have never tried either chittlins or crawfish, but somehow I don't think I am missing anything. I love the comparison to how sin stinks too. Great story. Thanks,
Charles, sin sure does stink, and I agree with you, so do chittlins. I have never been able to get close enough to them to eat them, and I have no ambitions for that in the future. I still live in Mississippi, but my fellow Mississippians can have my helping of chittlins. God bless, and I enjoy your humorous writings and the analogies. Thomas