On Sunday evenings, when I’m basking in the glow of a well preached sermon, I wander to the History Channel. (My wife wants to know how often I have a well preached sermon.) The History Channel used to be about history. Now they are about aliens, Nostradamus, ancient aliens, Pawn Stars and aliens driving UFO’s. It is better than when they were hung up on Nostradamus and the Mayan Calendar. Did you receive the invitation to my Mayan End of the World party back in 2012? It was a great party!
Now back to the History Channel. They are showing stuff that built America. I have watched the Cars that Built America. Another episode was about the Industry that Built America. Most recently on Sunday evenings, I have consumed the Foods that Built America. There are a couple of things I want to say about the food version of this series.
The Foods that Built America make me hungry. I didn’t know I could get so caught up on McDonald’s verses Burger King or that I could be bothered by Taco Bell verses everyone. I knew lots about Kentucky Fried Chicken and I learned about Chick-fil-A. The Subway establishments and the competition among the Pizza parlors really roused my taste buds. Tonight’s show is about beer. I’m not so much a beer guy. I drink my annual beer to be reminded that they really ought to pour beer back into the horse.
The Fast Foods that Built America made me hungry. I craved pizza, Subway, McDonald’s, and Taco Bell the whole time I was watching. That was after a week of watching the Sweets the Built America, the Cakes that Built America and the Diet Programs that are needed for America. I wasn’t tempted by any of the food. However, because I had seen the food, I was thinking about the food.
I also was interested in the conflict between companies and the intrigue that caused these barons of the burger business to attempt to broil their competition. Did you know that Dave Thomas of Wendy’s fame started out working for the Colonel? Do you know who the Colonel is?
I didn’t know the History Channel could cause spiritual temptation. But sure enough I was tempted. Of course, in the Gibsland Metroplex you must drive to get Fast Food. So that was out. No one delivers here, that was a no-go. There I sat with my remote control and my rumbling tummy. Because I was watching the history of some tempting food.
The Apostle James wrote that we are lured and enticed by our own desires. Our desires, when we give into them, produce sin and sin brings death. The way James wrote the verse once you yield to temptation you are on the superhighway to death.
There are no exit ramps.
In our visual media driven culture, we are tempted by what we see. So, friends, what are you looking at? What do you see on your phone, pad, or computer? Are the images you are allowing into your being tempting you? Are you being lured and enticed by your own desires as you look at these images. A more pressing question, what images are you seeking out?
I wanted to drop by between episodes of watching food of the History Channel to tell you, guard your eyes.
Or in my case, “Turn your eyes upon Jesus. Look full in his wonderful face. And the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of his glory and grace.” If that is not right, I was doing it from memory, but you got the idea.
Are you looking for and looking at Jesus?
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