OK, for this meeting of Overeaters Anonymous, I’d like to pick up where we left off during the last meeting. And that, of course, is the ever-important issue. Dessert: before or after the meal? And while Albert reads the minutes of the last meeting, let’s all sample this excellent crab dip.
Mm..Mm. Overeaters Anonymous is my favorite group.
My only question is…why be anonymous? Why not go all out and live loud and proud. Overeat like there’s no tomorrow. Right? Because, let’s face it, there actually might not be a tomorrow.
Maybe you’ve heard this: “let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die”. Or maybe you’ve heard another version: “eat, drink, and be merry…for tomorrow we die”.
And “let us eat…” comes from the Bible. Did you know that?
Paul wrote that first version to Christian believers in Corinth. He was talking about the effects of denying the resurrection of Jesus. He was saying that if there is no resurrection, then this life might very well be all we have. And if that’s the case…we’d better party as much as we can possibly stand. After all, who knows how long anyone has.
(Definitely a check in the “dessert first” side of the debate)
Paul also shared with the Corinthians how the work he was doing in Ephesus (and anywhere else for that matter) would serve no reasonable purpose, if death is the end. Why should Christians bother to share anything about Jesus if we’re all gonna just die and that’s it? What a waste of time…right?
Well, everyone has his (or her) own flesh to contend with. Everyone deals with that voice, or notion, or thought that says “let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die”. The flesh wants what the flesh wants. And like Paul said, “I die daily”. It’s only by the Grace and knowledge of the everlasting salvation Jesus provided for me that I rise again daily.
Do you have that same assurance and hope?
Have you considered the possibility there might be some truth to this story Christians can’t seem to shut up about? Do you feel secure and confident about the choice you’ve made when it comes to how long your life will last?
I only ask because I know how much love you’ll miss out on when you deny the birth, death, and resurrection of your Creator. I’d hate to see that. Especially when it’s so avoidable. You simply need to choose. Life? Or death?
There are choices that we’re given freedom to choose.
But use wisdom; with your choices you could abuse.
Simple words could lead little lambs to slaughter,
And where that ends; you will always long for water.
(from the song “Do Right”)
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