I like to think of myself as a foodie with a reasonably discriminating palate, but an episode in my culinary past casts serious doubt upon this self-proclaimed moniker. When the children were much younger, we had a nanny live with us who prepared our dinners. Her initial dishes were excellent, an intriguing mix of latin flavors and textures, blending recipes from Mexico and El Salvador. Hearty meals, they had the added bonus of low salt. There was also another ingredient that she added which imparted a unique texture. After a few weeks, I wanted to express my gratitude to her for her cooking.
“I’m very thankful that you are cooking with little salt since you know how sensitive I am to salt in my diet.”
“Yes!” she beamed.
“But what is this new spice you are using?”
“Spice?” she quizzically looked at me.
“Yes!” I continued. “I think it is white, looks like salt but it’s not salty, and its crunchy.”
She proceeded to show me the spices she used for her dishes: chiles, ground pepper, cumin-nothing out of the ordinary. Then she grabbed a small jar, filled with a white substance. “And this is the salt, I only use a little.”
I stared at the jar. “That’s the salt?” My shocked expression of my face alarmed her.
“Yes! Is something wrong?”
The jar contained my son’s school science project which I absentmindedly left on the kitchen table one day. Arranged in varying layers to simulate the earth’s different strata, it was sand! We had been eating sand! At least we were getting our dietary requirements of minerals!
For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.
Jude 4 (ESV)
I pride myself on having a discerning palate but I was so easily fooled. No harm done except a bruised ego and minor indigestion. But in my spiritual walk, I have not been so fortunate. I have attended many churches that claim to be Bible believing. Only after several months of attendance did I discern the inconsistencies and heresies that crept in. Like the false teachers that the Apostle Jude warns us about, it was subtle, even surreptitious, with the pastors and elders in collusion. The damage could have been far worse than eating sand.
Beware of mimics…in food and within our spiritual walk! There are warning signs and we need to hold our Pastors and teachers in the Church accountable to the light of God’s Word.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.