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Organic Jesus

October 18, 2011

I was thinking about Jon Acuff and his site, Stuff Christians Like. He didn’t start with that site though. He had other attempts at blogging that weren’t as neat, or as good, or anywhere as popular. Now he has other sites too. They are just as polished, professional, and appealing as Stuff Christians Like. Has he learned better packaging? Or is he just a better producer?

He had been plugging away at writing for some years. Nothing seemed to be happening for him. Then it seemed over night he became a sensation. He has taken off! He’s been able to multiply his fruitfulness.

Sometimes though, he’ll post something on SCL that isn’t as great as all the others, you know a sort of, meatloaf-and-mashed-potatoes-night, sort of, eh…-that-was-OK,-but-I’ve-read-better post.

What is that?

Why would I get to think that or apply that – to anyone?

Do I ever do that to Jesus?

Do we sometimes (or a lot of times) want a grocery store, processed, perfectly packaged Jesus?

Organic food is better for you, but you wouldn’t know that looking at it. It isn’t as big, or bright, or “perfect” – looking that is. Processed green peppers, are going to be bright green with no wrinkle or blemish, shiney; you know: visually appealing. But they were treated with pesticides and artificial fertilizers, possibly genetically modified, picked too soon, kept in a cooler, ripened artificially, waxed, then set up to look their best. All of this adds to their appearance, and takes away from their nutrition – you know their purpose.

Organic peppers, on the other hand, are not treated for bugs, are not modified to produce larger fruit and more plentiful yields. They are picked for ultimate ripeness, and set out just as they are – spots, smallness, dull skin and all. And yet, packed full of goodness and nutrition – their ultimate purpose!

What are we hungry for these days?

Processed

Pre-packaged

Internally modified

Externally waxed

nutritionally void

fruit

What are we purchasing from the grocery stores of church and Christianity these days?

Man’s man-made fruit, or God’s homegrow goodness?

Perhaps our answer may also answer the conditions we see among Christians and churches these days we are all so quick to complain about:

Inauthentic

Disingenuine

Exactly what we are paying for – with our attentions and our affections.

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