May 18, 2018
Hooked on Molasses
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. – 1 John 2:15
My great-great-grandfather fought in the American Civil War, and I am told that while he was a soldier he developed an unusual taste for molasses. The meat they were served was spoiled by the time it reached the front, and was so repulsive that the soldiers were unable to eat it unless they covered it with molasses. One would think that after leaving the military and returning to society, he would have abandoned the practice of covering his food with molasses. But my mother, who knew that grandfather well, told me that he doused his food with molasses until the day he died. He loved it—on eggs, vegetables, meat, or potatoes! He had developed a real taste for molasses, and regardless of what my grandmother or anyone else was serving, he covered his food with it.
To most of us, this story would seem ridiculous. But there is something for us to learn from it: We are capable of developing an appetite for just about anything. That applies to spiritual food as well.
As Christians in a most un-Christian world, we must guard against the ungodly influences around us. Do we love the fashions of this world or the music of this world? Have we allowed worldly philosophies or the pursuit of financial gains to create an unnatural appetite in us? Have we allowed the “tolerance” the world has for sinful lifestyles and choices to desensitize our taste buds to the bitterness of sin? Because we live in the world, our exposure to its evils cannot be totally avoided, but we must not allow them to become pleasantly familiar over time. If we are not careful, through constant exposure we can develop a taste or tolerance for even what at first seems repulsive.
If we are purposed to live in a way that is pleasing to God, He will keep us untainted from the sin in the world around us. As we feed our souls with the goodness found in Him, we will not forget what real goodness is.
Dear Lord, Examine my heart today. I want the things I do and love to be pleasing to You. Amen.