Darren Lippe helps facilitate Journey 101 “Loving God” classes, guides a 6th-grade Sunday school class, is a member of a small group & a men’s group, and serves on the Curriculum team.
I was watching an infomercial the other evening that I think can help us better understand today’s Scripture.
Wait. You watched an entire infomercial? -Editor. The batteries in my television remote went dead & we didn’t have any replacements. Needless to say, I was p-r-e-t-t-y shaky the rest of the day. They should pass a law requiring TV remote controls to have a warning light or better yet a gauge alerting you if your battery power is low. No one should have to live like this. – DL Um. You know in the big scheme of things….Oh, never mind. – Editor
It was an ad for the GuiltGrinder 4000 TM. I logged onto their Facebook page to learn more about the particulars of their product. Here’s my chat with the inventor, Gill Teey.
DL: Why do you see a need for the GuiltGrinder 4000 TM?
Gill: I got the idea from reading the Bible. In Leviticus, we learn about the tradition of the scapegoat. The High Priest would figuratively place the “sins of the community” upon the goat & it would be banished to the wilderness. This was a tangible sign that these transgressions had been completely eradicated.
Gill: But wait there’s more. Similarly, we know in the days of the Temple, that our Jewish friends offered multiple sin offerings to God that gave a follower a concrete symbol of his forgiveness.
Today, many devout Christians know that God has absolved them of their sins, but may not feel like they have been pardoned. The GuiltGrinder 4000 TM can provide a reminder that we are permanently freed of the shackles of our sins of yesterday & can begin today anew.
DL: I see your point, but does it cheapen the forgiveness process?
Gill: Oh, I hope not. We cannot forget that when we fall short of God’s hopes & desires for our lives that we have made a serious error. I always liked the book, “Whatever Became of Sin?” by Dr. Karl Menninger of Topeka, Kansas (A shout-out to our 4 Facebook followers in the Capitol City!). In his book, Dr. Karl discusses the watering down of the concept of sin to just natural impulses, modest transgressions, or even just a difference of opinion.
But sin is bigger than that. It separates us from the presence of God. I think back to the story of the Garden of Eden & I can’t help but think of the sadness God felt. He loved visiting with His children in the cool of the day and just hearing about all they had done & what they were going to do tomorrow. When Adam & Eve forced His hand & had to leave, God must have grieved deeply.
Using the lingo of our business we might think of it like this: God’s grace is free. The Shipping & Handling had an incredible cost. However, God didn’t send this gift C.O.D.; He has willingly paid for it in full & up front. As a result, we definitely do not want it to be unused & “Returned to Sender”. So, we should act now. We should wholeheartedly accept this unmerited gift in all humility & rejoice in its promise of a new life. Don’t just take my word for it; ask the millions of satisfied Christians.
So, how many GuiltGrinder 4000s TM would you like? Or maybe you’d like our InsectZapper 1.0 (“Only available on the web.”) or perhaps the MagicSpin Mop (“Cuts mopping time in half!”)?
DL: Say, if I get two MagicSpin Mops, we wouldn’t spend any time mopping at all. That would be a perfect Valentine’s Day gift for my wife, Doris.
Gill: Um. We do have a show airing on February 15 on how to grow your own bouquet of roses in a terrarium. You might want to go ahead & set your DVR.
Gill: Oh, never mind.