Today, on my lunch break, I had the “most severe” of problems. When I took my seat at the restaurant after ordering, I opened the wrapper of my cheeseburger, and NO CHEESE! And there were PICKLES! I had ordered my cheeseburger WITHOUT PICKLES! What in the world should I DO!
This particular restaurant offered a TELEPHONE NUMBER where I could call and discuss my problem via a survey, a SNITCH LINE! Well, I looked at the young lady who had taken my order, and I looked at the survey telephone number that was on my receipt, and then I remembered I Corinthians 13:5:
Apostle Paul writes of love, agape love, similar to God’s love for all of us: “It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.” (NIV)
If God held me accountable for all of my transgressions, then certainly I would be in the squirm-seat about now. But I am forgiven my transgressions through the life-giving blood of our Savior, Jesus Christ, the Lord, Son of God.
The young restaurant worker shares the same life-giving Blood. We are all related through the Blood of Christ. Just as Jesus shared His Body and Blood during that fateful Passover, we all share in the essence of forgiveness.
Does it matter whether I know what denomination or faith the young lady adheres to? Not in the least. Just as Jesus forgave the world of the terrible transgression of putting the Son of God to death, all may seek and experience the same forgiveness. Whether God forgives immediately, or waits for repentance is God’s decision. Whether God forgives a colossal sin, or a “cheeseburger” sin, it is in the hands of God to judge. God is in the power-seat.
Agape love and the Blood of Christ are open to all human beings, and perhaps the animal kingdom, the plant kingdom, and the mineral kingdom as well. It may even be available to nature as she shows her wrath from time to time. (Earthquakes, hurricanes, blizzards, etc. There is still so much to learn about nature as it relates to God and the will of God.) We all may share in the same Spirit of forgiveness. Have faith.
The telling of my reaction to an error at a restaurant is an exaggeration, although I actually did consider calling the survey line. Along with the passage in I Corinthians, I also recalled an episode of SpongeBob Square Pants at the Krusty Krab. Go figure.