Pizza has to be one of the most chosen foods for quickly satisfying a person’s hunger. Notice that I didn’t say the healthiest choice for food or the one that will be the best for your body’s nutritional needs, or one that would be my first choice.
How do you like your pizza; with all of the toppings that you can get? Are you adventurous; do you like to add anchovies or spinach or pineapple? Do you prefer your pizza with meat; all types, or with nothing but sauce and cheese(s)?
How about the crust of your pizza; do you like it thin or thick like a loaf of bread? And, what city do you want the pizza to most represent; New York, Chicago, or Sicily? The great thing about pizza is you can choose what goes on your pizza. If you don’t like something, you don’t need to have it on your pizza; you get to pick and choose what makes up your pizza.
Pretty cool, we dictate what to include or not to include, not the owner. We also get to go to whatever pizza place will serve pizza “our” way; and if they don’t, we will find one that does.
For pizza it is OK to pick and choose what you want; that’s the American way. Unfortunately in our modern “have-it-your-way” society, we think that the same rights we use to pick toppings for our pizza we get to use to pick and choose what we follow in the Bible. If we don’t like something, we think that we don’t need to have as part of “our” gospel; so we leave it off or we ignore what the Bible says.
Christians and non-Christian alike will wander from church to church picking and choosing what they want included in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Picking and choosing, like toppings on a pizza, what is included in their faith life. The thing is, we don’t get dictate to the Owner; the Creator of Heaven and Earth what are the “toppings” we have in our lives; only He gets to do that. He alone gets to make up the rules; not us!
The Bible clearly says “Woe” to those who contradict what He says by calling it something else. “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, And prudent in their own sight! Isaiah 5:20-21 (New King James Version)
Pastor, teachers, quit leaving off parts of the Bible just because you don’t think that your listeners will like certain parts or that they will want to “swallow” the whole Word of God! Teach and preach the whole Gospel of Jesus Christ; seasoned with ‘salt’, yes, (Colossians 4:6), but not watered down!
“Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.” 2 Timothy 4:2-6 (New King James Version)