We got back from Vacation Bible School tonight and I asked Josiah what book he wanted to read. Because my mom, Annita, and I are avid readers, we’ve tried to instill that love into Josiah — so he has a TON of books. Many to choose from that range from Disney to Dr. Suess to those books that no one’s ever heard of.
So what did Josiah want to read? His Bible. Trust me, he’s no saint of a child that he wants to read the Bible every night. Last night it was Green Eggs and Ham. But tonight he wanted a story from his Veggie Tales Bible. In his Bible, Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber tell a story that closely mimics the Bible story — in the same way that Jesus told us parables. Then, after the story it actually gives the scriptures. So he’s getting the parable form so he understands and then he hears the real account.
Tonight we read “Rack, Shack, and Benny,” which is the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. In the story, Rack, Shack, and Benny worked for Mr. Nezzar (Nebuchadnezzar) at the Chocolate Bunny Factory. Mr. Nezzar told the employees they could eat all the chocolate bunnies they wanted, but Rack, Shack, and Benny knew that they shouldn’t eat all that candy because it wasn’t good for them. Long story short, Mr. Nezzar builds a giant chocolate bunny and writes the “Bunny song” and tells everyone they must bow down to the giant bunny and sing the worshipful “Bunny song.” Once again, Shack, Rack, and Benny know that this is wrong, so they tell Mr. Nezzar that they can’t do that. They can only worship God. So, Mr. Nezzar throws them into a fiery furnace, but sees four in the fire instead of three — God was there protecting them. Mr. Nezzar repents and no one has to bow to the giant chocolate bunny.
When I read the story to Josiah, I asked him, “Why did they not bow down to the bunny?” He replied, “Because we’re only supposed to bow to God.” I asked him, “Would you bow down to a giant chocolate bunny?” He responded, “No, because that would be silly.”
That makes sense doesn’t it? It would be simply ridiculous to see someone bow down to a chocolate bunny. But isn’t anything we bow down to other than God just as equally ridiculous? Look at the things people worship.
Money. Money is in your account one minute and gone the next. Money is completely unreliable and doesn’t guarantee happiness. We’re only happy when we have a lot of it and face it — none of us have a lot of it. Our own government doesn’t even have enough to pay the bills.
Relationships. People devote themselves to an unhealthy level when it comes to relationships (think Twilight). They make themselves sick over a certain person and then they’re convinced they’ll die when that person leaves.
Jobs. Some people spend so much time at their job it becomes their life. They don’t have any time to think about anything or anyone but their job.
The list goes on and on. You have to ask yourself, what takes me away from my prayer time/study time with God? TV? Video games? Romance novels? Even good Christian books such as “The Love Dare” and “Crazy Love” can get in the way of important things such as studying the scripture.
Money, relationships, whatever people choose to worship, they’re all just as silly as worshiping a chocolate bunny. Why? Because those things are temporary. They provide a moment of happiness, but they never provide joy.
We were made to worship something whether it be money or a chocolate bunny. Why not choose to worship who created us to worship? God created us to worship Him — the Mighty Creator of the UNIVERSE!! And here we are worshiping chocolate bunnies.
Who (or what) do you bow to?
“But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15