Sunday, July 26, 2009
Mayonnaise vs. Miracle Whip.
In our household we have an ongoing dispute between those who believe in mayonnaise (AKA the real thing) and those who believe in Miracle Whip (AKA a fake). Today at ECOOS, after reading the Gospel stories of the feeding of five thousand and Jesus walking on the water, we learned that there is a third option: "Here's your fish sandwich, don't ask what's on it."
Our sermon today started with the intriguing question of what would a stranger think if they came into the church, unfamiliar with Christianity, and heard these "strange stories?" I thought to myself, "Maybe we are going to hear a discussion about the miracles of Jesus." Of course I was mistaken, and we went down the path of hearing about the focus on food and eating contained in the Bible, the Gospels, the Eucharist, and the "inclusive" dining habits of Jesus.
I am sorry, but if I was unfamiliar with Christianity at the onset, and puzzled by the miracles of Christ in the readings, then I would probably feel as if my Zagat's Guide to Religion had led me to book a dinner at an restaurant where the staff would not or could not explain the menu.
This is especially troubling when the take home message at the end of the sermon was that because we are now filled with God's love, we are to go out and feed the hungry. I guess the question of how the unchurched might understand the "strange stories" of the miracles of Jesus was not as important as the more easily explained ministry of taking care of people's physical needs.
Now I am left wondering, "How am I to feed the unchurched?" Should I use the mayo, or the Miracle Whip?