Nancy looked at the lunch invitation with delight. Meals at her friends’ house were always an adventure. They liked to experiment with their recipes, often finding creative ways to tweak the ingredients to make the dishes unique and unforgettable. This meal, scheduled for the following week, should be no exception.
Each day she tried to imagine what they would be serving. Probably nothing as ordinary as spaghetti or grilled cheese, unless they added some fun ingredients, of course. Maybe something with lobster, she thought, mentally licking her lips.
Finally the day came and she drove to her friends’ house with great anticipation
“Come on in! I’m so glad you’re here!” Susan exclaimed as she held the door open for Nancy.
“Thank you for the invite,” Nancy replied. “I love your cooking!”
They walked down the hall towards the kitchen. “Bob is finishing the salad right now. We kind of burned the main dish so we added some extra ingredients to make the salad larger. I hope you don’t mind.”
“Not at all. Salad actually sounds good.” Nancy knew whatever they served would be amazing.
The large salad in the center of the kitchen table did look amazing. So full of greens with lots of colorful veggies, eggs, and cheeses mixed in.
Bob held the salad fork and motioned to the salad. “We weren’t expecting to have to make such a big salad and didn’t have enough greens so I added some lettuce leaves from our backyard garden. It’s the first time we’ve ever grown lettuce and I’m so excited that they were ready to use today.”
Nancy glanced out the window to the back yard, then stared with horror. A dog was peeing on the bed of lettuce. Was this the same bed that Bob got his lettuce for the salad? It had to be.
“Umm…” she began. “Your dog is… umm… peeing on your lettuce.”
“Oh, that’s OK,” Bob said. “He does that all the time. It doesn’t hurt the lettuce.”
Nancy looked at the salad. Was some of that peed on lettuce part of this salad?
Susan saw her look and said, “Don’t worry. I’m sure Bob rinsed the lettuce before adding it to the salad.”
“Of course,” Bob agreed. “I always do.”
Nancy thought of the quick rinse she usually did to her own vegetables. Surely he did better than that.
“Besides,” Susan went on, “even if he happened to use a lettuce leaf that had gotten peed on, it’s such a little part of this salad that you won’t even notice.”
Somehow, Nancy had lost her appetite and began wondering what excuse she could make to get out of there without eating.
Later, much later, she thought… is this like us and sin? We think we do so many wonderful things that a little sin here or there doesn’t really matter. But is that how God sees sin? That it’s OK to accept small sins as long as we basically try to do the right things? Would that be like Susan and Bob accepting that salad since it was basically all good ingredients? A little contamination wouldn’t be noticed?
No, God was pure holiness. There was no darkness in Him at all. So all sin, no matter how small, must be as despicable to Him as the possible yellow lettuce had been to her.
Wow! That sure puts sin in a whole new light.