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Topic: PICNIC - deadline 7-12-12 @ 9:59 AM NY Time (07/05/12)
By Ramona Cook
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Jesus taught many lessons around a table as food was being enjoyed.
People are more relaxed and open to favorable discussions over the table set with good food.
I recall a writing instructor who advised his class to invite the Editor or Publisher, whom they wished would read their writing, to a nice lunch. Food sharing is one way to open the path to conversation.
The Bible is filled with the idea of food. Jesus is The Bread of Life. The Scriptures are our spiritual food.
We love those buffets and smorgasbords covered with all kinds of food. Of course we don’t really like every dish on the table. We have our preferences. But isn’t it beautiful to look at so much delightful and artful samples of food?
Yes, we Americans have the reputation of picking and choosing what we want, and I promise you that I appreciate that fact. We are decision makers and we choose the things we want to enjoy. We are capable of letting others make their decisions as they wish while we also do our thing. We are tolerant.
Maybe we have drunk the water of tolerance, allowing many ways and preferences, so long that we have lost the understanding that some things cannot be tweaked or mixed with other components but must be kept pure and untainted.
The Word of God is one of those things which cannot be tweaked or mixed with our likes and dislikes.
It seems to me that our doctrines and teachings are mixed with so many things not found in the Bible.
Even when the doctrine and teaching is pure and untainted, we seem to feel we have the God given right to pick and choose which teaching we like and do not like. We therefore look strange against the plumb line of measure for a Christian character.
This is a serious tendency which we engage as Christians because it makes us erroneous and incomplete in our relationship with God. This which we engage robs us of complete truth; it prevents the miraculous works which Jesus said we should do.
God thinks He is God. While He is loving and merciful and concerned enough with us as individuals that He knows the number of hairs on our heads, He does not give to us the liberty of tweaking His Word.
Have we not all worshipped and studied with those who do not like to mention “blood” in the group of learners, or Hell, or sins? Have we not been ridiculed for believing that all the Scriptural Food is to be consumed into the mind and heart?
Next time we attend a buffet or smorgasbord, or a picnic, and the food is there for our choosing to eat what we like and to refuse what we do not like, let us recall that spiritual food from the Bible is very different. We must consume all of it.
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