“What Are You, Japanese?” (Luke 16:8-9)

From 2012-2015, the state of California enacted a statewide ban on serving foie gras. Yet, some creative restaurants found a way to skirt the law. One restaurant featured an intriguing offer on the menu: order a glass of Riesling wine and it will be served with a complimentary serving of seared foie gras on brioche toast. My wife and I looked at each other with a quizzical look which caught the attention of the owner. He strode over to our table and pointed to the offer.

 

“And if you don’t want the glass of Riesling, we will just serve you the foie gras.”

 

We suddenly understood his clever plan, sharing a smile with him. He winked at both us and said, “What are you, Japanese?” I nodded, unsure where he was going with this.

 

“I’m French! How can I not serve foie gras in my own restaurant? It would be like you not serving rice in your own home. It is part of our culture!”

 

I don’t condone the restaurant’s owner behavior but he did have a point as he appealed to our cultural upbringings. He was very clever to exploit a loophole in the existing law.

 

…For the sons of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than the sons of light. And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of unrighteous wealth, so that when it fails they may receive you into the eternal dwellings.

Luke 16:8-9 (ESV)

 

Jesus recognized that people will concoct shrewd machinations to skirt existing laws. As believers in Jesus Christ, we live in a world where others may not share our same values or customs. We are to be respectful and not ignorant of their dealings but need to have our own values firmly rooted in Jesus Christ so that when these schemes fail, we are there to support them and share the Good News and hope of Jesus Christ to a lost world.

 

Amen!

 

Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.

 

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