It’s funny how secular things remind us of spiritual things. I think it comes natural for a Christian to do that, because our older Brother was the very best doing that.
One day He was teaching the Pharisees and scribes and in Chapter 23 of Matthew, He had this to say to them, in verses 23-24: “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former. You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel.
Many times He used exaggerations and/or humor to make a vivid point in comparison. … Just some secular observations: In comparing how we differ from one another in cooking, etc., some cut their food up differently. We like turnips thinly sliced instead of cooking them in big chunks. It seems that the flavorings get through them better and even the texture is different.
Also, there is a difference in the taste of a baked potato compared to mashed potatoes. Texture in food makes a big difference.
This talk about food and texture (now I’ve forgotten the point I wanted to make. LOL ) Oh yeah, Christ compared the people to straining out a small thing and going ahead and swallowing a big thing.
I thought about texture in our foods and it made me think about the texture (feeling) of people. In our daily dealings, we should be careful about the texture we appear to be to people. We don’t want or need to be of a ‘rough’ texture and rub people the wrong way. Sometimes we do this unwittingly and unintentionally but if we think before we speak, maybe that would help.
Some people are just naturally of a smooth texture and wouldn’t hurt a fly…except maybe their own loved ones. Someone once said that we are at times much kinder to strangers than to the ones in our own household. Little children need to grow up in a household that exudes kindness and not bitterness.