Finding Reason: Artificial Might Taste Better, But it's Never as Good as the Genuine Thing

By Jeff Adams
Posted 8/4/22

Strawberry flavored things are everywhere. 

There’s strawberry flavored ice cream, slurpees, icies, slushies and shakes. There’s also strawberry flavored sweet candy, sour candy …

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Finding Reason: Artificial Might Taste Better, But it's Never as Good as the Genuine Thing

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Strawberry flavored things are everywhere. 

There’s strawberry flavored ice cream, slurpees, icies, slushies and shakes. There’s also strawberry flavored sweet candy, sour candy and even various cereals. There’s even strawberry flavored milk, juices, cakes, icings, syrups, pop-tarts, and so much more. People love strawberry flavored treats.

Often the strawberry flavored things we love don’t have any real strawberries in them. Many things we associate with strawberry flavor are made with artificial strawberry flavorings.

A dad took his son out to the garden. He wanted to show him something very special. There he plucked the most perfect, ripe strawberry and handed it to his son. Although he knew his son loved strawberry flavored things, he was aware his son had never actually tasted a real strawberry.

The son was so enthralled with this opportunity to taste an actual strawberry, he paused and stared at it for a moment. The anticipation was great. He just knew this would be fantastic. After all, he loved strawberry flavored things.

What do you think happened as the boy tasted his first no-sugar added, real strawberry?

Yep. You guessed it. He made an awful face, in utter disgust, and spit it out on the ground. He hated it.

Maybe you’ve noticed the world is hating Christianity more and more. I spent some time in Facebook jail when this COVID plague first took off. Why? I dared share a story which turned out to be completely accurate, but it was in contrast to the propaganda the mass media and social media giants were pushing. And worse yet, it contained Christian principles.

Increasingly, God, Jesus and the Bible are under attack as old, outdated and bigoted ideas which need to disappear into the embarrassing cracks of world history. More and more churches are closing their doors for good in our communities, while megachurches garner more attention. Most attention given to God, Jesus or the Bible is very negative.

Please don’t misunderstand my point in all this. I am not one who believes megachurches are all fake. However, a lot of what is visible to the world on a grand scale is not genuine Christianity, but poor impressions of it.

What has become most popular are Christian flavored things which don’t have actual Christianity in them. What makes big news is usually the scandals, not the positive impacts on the communities.



And when a media giant interviews or comes across real Christianity, they hate it. What people inside and outside of churches have mostly come to love is artificially flavored Christianity. When introduced to authentic Christianity, they make a disgusting face and spit it out.

It shouldn’t surprise us that the world hates us. John 15 records Jesus, telling us this would happen. It’s happening now.

The sadder part is so many Christians, also, have gotten too used to artificial Christianity. Preaching has become softer and less Bible-based. Singing has become more about how the individuals feel, rather than how God feels. Fellowship has become more about looking good to others, rather than being honest, candid, genuine and open to others. Day to day life has become just like the world’s in many ways. Fewer Christians seem to be living “set apart for God.”

Let’s aim to get back to Biblical Christianity. Some churches and our world might not initially like the flavor of the genuine stuff. Still, once they are exposed to more of it, more will discover how good, practical and sweet God’s plan is. Plus, it’ll be so much healthier, spiritually speaking.

(See Romans 12:2)

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Pastor Jeff Adams is a longtime community leader, victim advocate, counselor and chaplain. He ministers internationally, nationally and locally. His column appears online weekly and can be reached at jeffreydadams@hotmail.com.



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