Monday, February 26, 2018

"Liver and Broccoli"

Mark 13:13 HCSB

“And you will be hated by everyone because of My name. But the one who endures to the end will be delivered.”

Growing up in the 50’s I learned to hate liver. I vividly recall the stench of the “hated” bile-producing organ when Mom was cooking it up. She would stink up the whole house with that meal selection. When I complained I was told, “There are two options for dinner... take it or leave it.”

Even as a kid, I knew liver has no business in a frying pan. I should remain where it belonged (in a cow) doing what it was supposed to do (processing cow toxins), not feeding humans. ‘Hate’ is a strong word, but I truly “hated” liver. Why? “Because” it tastes bad and, according to Dr. Oz, it’s bad for you.[1]

I never made my kids eat liver, but I did push vegetables. Like most parents, I heard “I hate broccoli” more than once. I usually responded with, “You’re lucky I don’t feed you liver like my mother did. Then you’d really have something to whine about.”

Why do kids hate broccoli? Because they think it tastes bad, especially compared to other food options like pasta with butter, warm dinner rolls, and ice cream. Liver earned the hatred it gets. It tastes bad and is bad for you. Broccoli, on the other hand, got a bum rap. It may taste bad to some, but it’s certainly good for you.

Jesus promised, “You will be hated... because of My name.” Christians are “hated,” but not always for the right reasons. Religious hypocrites, insensitive Bible thumpers, and wacky Jesus cults earn the hatred they get, just like liver. But not all Christ-followers miss the mark in this way. Some sincerely “desire to live godly in Christ Jesus” but, according to the Bible, these believers too “will be hated” and “persecuted” (2nd Timothy 3.12). Hatred is a form of persecution. Like kids and broccoli, “You will be hated”. Jesus guaranteed it. 

[1] "While liver is actually a good source of nutrients, it has too many toxins for me to recommend", (Dr. Mehmet Oz, Director, Cardiovascular Inst., New York Presbyterian/Columbia


JT said...

Great comparison. God bless you.

Dave Scriven said...

Thank you JT.