Same Difference 
Monday, March 20, 2006, 05:07 AM - Extra Christy
Strickland's Frozen Custard Stand opened a new season Friday and I was there. For 70 years, the outdoor stand has been serving frozen custard in 3 flavors; Vanilla, Chocolate and the "Flavor of the Day". One nod to the modern era is that there are now two flavors of the day and they are revealed on the web as well as the traditional wooden sign displayed on the side of the building.

Change is often unwelcome in religious matters! A flavor of the day is viewed with suspicion by most religious types who come expecting vanilla or chocolate; (well, maybe strawberry on holidays.)

One of our church documents talks about change and God

God is a Spirit, infinite, eternal and unchangeable, in his being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth.- Westminster Shorter Catechism, Question 4.
So God doesn't change, God is always wise, just, holy and good, just like the basic unflavored custard mixture is always made well at Strickland's.

Yet we experience the unchanging God in different flavors. The birth of a child, sickness or accident, a job change, sunshine, rain, marriage, divorce, death; all involve the same unchanging God, but the taste is different. Folks respond differently to each flavor of the day.

I wonder if all the wrangling about different views of God and understandings of faith in our world today is anything more than arguing about which flavor of God is hanging on the wooden sign for us today.

Maybe tasting someone else's flavor and sharing with one another our flavor of the day would be good for all Christians and help us taste more fully the basic goodness of God.

May God taste Good to you every day.


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