JR. Forasteros - January 24, 2021

Good and Evil and Spaghetti

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We all want to know why bad things happen to good people. But Scripture is much less interested in the origin of evil than the goal – to poison humanity against our creator. Jesus shows us what a faithful human response to sin looks like – and how God proves God is the one we can trust to protect and provide for us!

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Like many of use, I’ve used my pandemic time to experiment in the kitchen. There’s always been one thing I’ve wanted to make that I stayed away from because it was so intimidating – fresh pasta.

But hey, if you can’t take a risk during a pandemic, when are you gonna do it? It turns out it’s not as hard as I thought… though it takes some attention. And it does help if you’ve got a mixer (thanks to my homie Sue – this one belongs to her). Fresh pasta is just four ingredients – flour, eggs, oil and salt. You put it in and let it run for about 10 minutes (or knead it by hand).

We’re going to talk about good and evil today, and I thought pasta would be a helpful metaphor. After all, if I were to tell you in this moment I’ve made some good pasta for you – you’d rightly go… uh… where?

But, in my defense, you couldn’t call it bad pasta either. Because right now, it’s just a bunch of ingredients in a bowl, getting mixed. It’s neither good nor bad yet. It’s just… potential. (Hopefully potential deliciousness.)

I want to suggest that we consider good and evil in much the same way – God has created a world, inviting us to become out of chaos. And what’s before us is the question: Will we join God in moving the world toward peace (which of course includes delicious pasta) or will we choose to invite chaos into the world, little by little?

Will you be part of God’s good work? And will this turn out to be delicious pasta?

Join us Sunday as we explore the nature of good character and good pasta.

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