My bike messenger job is getting a bit easier. I am still keeping it to two-hour shifts until my physical perseverance is up to snuff. Then the half-hour drive into town will make more sense, but until then, I am still getting stronger…
Today, after my shift, I treated myself to a real, Austin-tourist destination. A famous BBQ spot right on the east side of the major dividing highway that cuts through the city. In my last-ditch efforts to see what it means to be alive without God. I wanted to see what the fuss was about. I waited in a two-hour line that reminded me of my childhood days spent waiting in line for the rollercoasters at Six Flags Over Texas. Would this mystical meat make me feel as alive as those rides?
Yes, and no. It’s all in the company you keep. It was indeed, without a doubt, the best brisket I’ve ever had in my native-Texan life, but with no one to share it with, with Love, it may as well been made of mud.
‘If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.’
Like all animal-loving, conscientious Americans, I have battled with the integrity of eating meat. Fortunately, the Bible gives clear and concise advice, is it right? – both yes and no.
Yes, Jesus declared all foods clean, ‘because it does not enter his heart, but it goes into his stomach and then is eliminated.’ But, more importantly, all of our actions must have our brothers and sisters in mind foremost. So, on the other hand, ‘It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother or sister to fall.’
‘So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who does not condemn himself by what he approves.’
‘Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters. One person’s faith allows them to eat anything, but another, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. The one who eats everything must not treat with contempt the one who does not, and the one who does not eat everything must not judge the one who does, for God has accepted them. Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To their own master, servants stand or fall. And they will stand, for the Lord is able to make them stand.’
And they will stand. God is so good.