Sunday, September 17, 2006

Gourmet Gerber

I like solid food. Steak. Potatoes. Cheesecake. (Ed.'s note: To my vegetarian friends, my food choices are simply personal preferences and are not meant as an absolute truth that demeans the solidity of vegetables.)

I also like spiritual solid food - talking about relationships, predestination, and ministry theories. While these things are good to talk about, they often distract me from the life-giving truth that God is eternally in my corner. Time and again, I need the infant's diet to remind me that God loves me and not just everyone around me, that I am a desired son of my Father and not simply a labor-ladened pack mule.

At church this weekend, the pastor put us on the baby food diet, answering the question, "Why should we believe in Christianity?". Whether for the first time or the 100th, know how much God desires you:

We all have a spiritual longing, a gnawing in our soul for something that we cannot quite fill with the things of this world. Alcohol. Friends. Sex. Football. Achievement. All temporary highs that never endure into the long nights when we stare at the ceiling, unable to sleep, wondering what our existence is all about. All of us have rejected God, whether by refusing to believe He exists or by refusing to obey His commands. Our open rebellion separates us from God, creating a spiritual longing while devastating our emotional well-being. Apart from a relationship with God, this spiritual gnawing is never filled. And the supremely frustrating thing is there is nothing we can do about it.

Christianity is unique in that it acknowledges this fact that there is nothing we can do about our spiritual pain. No morality, no rituals, and no efforts can ever make us right with a perfectly righteous God. Our task is to swim from California to Hawaii. On our own, we don't get close. But in our futile efforts, Jesus comes to pick us up and carry us the rest of the way. He died on the cross to take the punishment for our rebellion and then came back to life so that death may not be our end. Only by believing this truth, that Jesus is the only way to peace, purpose, fulfillment, Heaven, and Hawaii can we ever make it to peace, purpose, fulfillment, Heaven, and Hawaii. God desires to give us this if we will only believe Him and take what He's offering.

I was home alone this weekend, both roommates being out of town with important business - important business being wedding planning and dental school interviews. It's not efficient to cook for one, so my food consumption from Friday night to Sunday afternoon consisted primarily of Diet Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper, Dorrito's, and Easy Mac.

With a diet like that, Gerber mashed peas and carrots could do me a lot of good.


Oakley said...

Great point on getting back to basics every now and then. We just finished a great series on the ten commandments at Christ Community. As far as diet, I'm afraid i'll have put you in dietary purgatory of only broccoli and salads (no dressing!) until further notice. Amen for redemption!

Jeff said...

agree with Oakley. Your only hope of maintaining any kind of nutrition like that is to go on salad binges (with broccoli) from time to time.

Ben said...

Fruit and Veggie Log for the Recent Past:

Sunday at dinner: Brocolli
Monday at breakfast: Blueberries
Tuesday at breakfast: Blueberries
Tuesday at lunch: Green beans

Baby steps, people, baby steps.

El G said...

Hey Ben, you know, cheesecake isn't the most solid of foods. It's kind of gooey, especially if you leave it out too long. In fact, given enough time, it would probably do a decent job of conforming to its container.

Brownies, on the other hand, and cookies evidence no such properties. Those should be your "solid" desserts.

Of course, Oakley wisely recommends you eat more salad. Try this one: mixed greens (no spinach, though!), walnuts, dried cranberries, perhaps some feta cheese (unless you go vegan on us), and a dressing made thusly:

take a bottle of dijon mustard that's only 1/3 filled, fill it almost to the top with olive oil, then add a couple tablespoons of balsamic vinaigrette. Shake well!

Trust me on that one!