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Monday, April 9th, '18

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FAST-FOOD

"...fools feed on fast-food fads and fancies" (Proverbs 15:14 The Message)

 

Editor Eugene Peterson was on quite an F-word roll in that paraphrase. Not quite as many as whoever wrote about the prodigal son who "fain would have filled his frame with foraged food from the fodder fragments" then said "phooey, my father's flunkies fare far fancier". But this isn't a contest in who can use the most F-words. Peterson spoke of feeding on fast-food. It has little to do with the KJV that reads, "But the mouth of fools feeds on foolishness", however, "foolishness" and fast-food do have much in common. The main issue is nutritional. The guy who tested thirty days eating only Big Macs soon found himself a physical Whopper. Pardon the pun. Parents want to sue the fast-food industry now because their kids are spreading out big as barns but they surely knew that a constant menu of hydrogenated fat couldn't be good. A balanced diet doesn't mean walking down the street with a cheeseburger in each hand.

 

But enough on Mickey D's. There are just as many that pull up to the intellectual drive-through. Television is fast-food. Reading takes a whole lot more chewing and mental digestion. And in reading there is also a choice between fast-food and steak and potatoes. Do you find yourself looking through the magazine at pictures and skimming over headlines rather than sinking your teeth into a thousand-page text book? Yea, we prefer our knowledge micro-waved. Even in church many want fast-food. Someone urged me recently, "If it can't be said in twenty minutes it doesn't need said". True, a sermon can be eternal without being everlasting, but there is a difference between my being concise and your being impatient. The old line says, "sermonettes create Christianettes". French fries quickly drug through the deep fat fryer are more grease than potato. "Flabby fellowships" are the result of that kind of preaching. Anyway, it doesn't build raw spiritual muscle. Jesus set a table for His disciples. He never went the lazy route and ordered carry-out.

 

The same holds true in our personal devotional lives. Praying a "now I lay me down to sleep" fast-food prayer has about as much nutrition as cardboard. Jesus said, "My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work" (John 4:34). In Mongolia they just spin prayer wheels. In Rome they light a few candles. Both are just fast-food. Jesus asked the disciples, "What, could you not watch with me one hour?" The flesh fights the intimacy required at the dining table. It's not that the Lord demands an hour of our time every day but He would like for us to at least come inside occasionally in person instead of shouting orders through the drive-through microphone. Fast-food, it's fast, but is it food? One Spokane church I saw had a billboard advertising quickie Sunday night services, "In and out in 29-minutes guaranteed!" Those from the old country church couldn't get their guitars tuned in that amount of time. I'm not talking about wasting time, just making sure that our services and worship don't become fluff. The Bible is full of nutritious faith-food, but it was never meant to be received as fast-food.


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