Holton United Methodist Church
still remember my first taste of sushi. Our daughter, Kari, who is a chef, was determined
to get my wife and I to sample this Japanese delicacy, and she wouldnt stop talking
about it. So, on a visit to her apartment in Chicago, we finally said yes, and
she dragged us to the finest sushi shop she could find. Among all the menu possibilities,
both raw and cooked, she chose several options for us. We watched the sushi chef put
together our order with all the skill of a master artist.
Kari had me start on eel, which is a
cooked sushi. So, with chop-sticks in hand, and a dip in the soy sauce, I put the whole
thing in my mouth. Wow! I sensed tastes and textures I havent experienced before,
and they are difficult to describe. The eel, vegetables, rice, and seaweed were sweet,
smoky, and savory. I moved on from the eel to raw tuna and salmon, and liked each one more
than the last. I couldnt believe I was loving the very food I had warily avoided all
Rarely do I come across someone who has tried
good sushi, and disliked it. Those who hate it, just hate the sound of it. I
know how they feel
. I have been there myself. They cant imagine liking seafood
served this way, and so they are disgusted by the thought.
But you cant dismiss the fact that millions of people rave over this
Japanese delicacy. There must be something to it.
Finally, the reason Kari insisted on starting
with good sushi, was because there is a lot of bad sushi out there, made with poor
ingredients by the inexperienced. She knew if we started poorly, wed never continue.
So, I make three conclusions:
Dont judge what you havent experienced.
Some things are unexplainable in human language.
Beware of poor imitations.
When I think of Christianity, I can draw a
To the non-believer, it sounds like nonsense. How could anyone believe in a God they cant
see, and a man dying in a cross 2,000 years ago? Dont judge what you havent
To those who make the commitment, who immerse themselves in the life of Faith, the
experience is quite unexplainable. We try to describe it, but it always falls short.
Many have experienced bad Christianity, full of judgment and raw hypocrisy,
and so they paint the entire religion that way. Beware of poor imitations.
I dont want to stretch this
sushi-Christianity analogy too far, but Christianity wouldnt be worth too much if it
wasnt out of the ordinary. Our Lord offers us a heavenly experience, both for this
life, and the life to come. Are we willing to leave our worldly drudgery behind, and
commit to something more? It might be time to pick up the chop-sticks and try something