This morning I was staring at my biscuit, wondering if it was a Christian biscuit or not.
Yep, you heard me right.
My thoughts about my biscuit happened because a lot of things that show up in my emails now are defined specifically as “Christian.”
Today there was an email promoting where to find “Christian” jobs. And there’s a thing called “Christian Newswire.” The other day there was a promo for “Christian” foods.
So I’m wondering if these are just marketing schemes and the folks behind them may not even be Christians at all but saw a way to tap the market. It wouldn’t be the first time a charlatan tried to sell dish rags as prayer cloths.
Now I’m not saying that some things promoted as “Christian” aren’t done by people steeped in the faith with all good intentions. I’m just saying that when so much of this stuff starts appearing in this fashion, I get a bit skeptical – maybe even cynical.
Now I know that what is referred to as the “Christian Newswire” purports to deliver news about the Christian faith. But in my business, I look at news as news – good, bad and ugly. It’s just what’s happening, and it’s neither Christian nor non-Christian by definition. I don’t think the world or life can simply be divided so clearly.
For instance, if someone says he only listens to Christian music, does that mean he never whistles the theme to the Andy Griffith Show? Does he only watch “Christian football?”
Back to the thing about Christian jobs. Not everyone can be a televangelist, a preacher or a church choir director. Someone has to repair cars, pave streets, sell groceries and cut timber. That doesn’t mean they can’t be a Christian while doing that, or be of any other faith. It just means that fried chicken is fried chicken and it’s not baptized.
Some people get wrapped all around the axle when it comes to religion. And some have little tolerance for anyone else who might think differently. Wars have even been fought over religion.
Some people wear their religion on their sleeves. Some good stuff happens in the name of religion and some bad stuff happens. Some of the things done in the name of Christianity seem quite the paradox.
I once heard about a person who opposed that his church sponsor a softball team because that was “bringing the world into the church.” I suppose at that time “Christian softball” had not come onto the scene and the idea of “taking the church into the world” was not a consideration to this person. Of course his position could have simply been a cover, knowing that he had no fellow parishioners who were athletically inclined and wanted to avoid the impending embarrassment. Been there, done that.
Now back to my biscuit. Food is close to my heart – perhaps much closer than it should be, given my last cholesterol check. And while a big cathead biscuit sopped in cane syrup with a side order of country ham is something almost spiritual to me, I could not define my biscuit as being Christian or not.
By the same token, that donkey that Jesus rode into Jerusalem was not described in religious terms either.
I’m not really sure what my point is here, but I feel I’ve made my case. However, I am sure there was no image of the Virgin Mary in the crust of my biscuit, so there was little chance of selling it on eBay.
However, I could see a slight resemblance to Newt Gingrich.
Walden is editor/publisher of The Moultrie Observer and can be reached at dwain.walden@gaflnews.