December 7, 2010
He came to His own, and His own people did not receive Him. John 1:11
NOTE FROM PASTOR KLAUS: Please do not gang up on me and tell me the food mentioned in this devotion is really good and I should try it. In the course of my ministry I have eaten things that would curl your toes. But I draw the line and that line is here.
This Christmas we have a lot of choices.
We must choose between a real or a fake tree. We must choose if we will send Christmas cards or e-mails. And now we're being given another choice ... if we live in France, that is.
It seems this Christmas the French fast-food chain, Quick Burger, in a bid to overtake McDonalds, is going to offer a foie gras burger.
That's right. For only $6.57 you can go to one of the 350 Quick Burger outlets and be served a tasty burger made up of foie gras, beef, relish, and lettuce.
And if you're not quite sure what foie gras is, allow me to enlighten. Foie gras, an honored part of French cuisine, is made from the liver of a duck or goose that has been force fed corn mash. (It's a practice condemned by animal protection groups.)
So, if you were in France this Christmas, would you order up a Big Mac or a foie gras burger? Without having the gift of prophecy, I'm willing to go out on the limb and say most of the Daily Devotion readers would opt for something, maybe anything, other than a goose liver burger.
Of course, we're not in France and we don't have to make such a choice. On the other hand, there are choices for God's people to make this Advent season.
For example, most of our churches are offering mid-week worship services. You have a choice of going or not going. Most congregations are presenting special Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve worship services. Will you go or won't you go?
Now the Catechism teaches us there are a lot of things that we can't choose. Going to worship is not on that list. We do have a choice of going to worship ... of preparing ourselves to remember how the Savior came to offer Himself as the Sacrifice to save a sinful world.
We have a choice. It is my hope it is an easy one to make. I hope it's even easier than choosing between a goose liver burger and a Big Mac.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, when a choice is placed before me, grant me the wisdom and the motivation to proceed forward in a way that pleases You. This I ask in the Name of Jesus who always did that so I might be saved. In my Savior's Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries