Blessing the beer and other silly expressions of faith…

Posted: 25th October 2007 by ElShaddai Edwards in Uncategorized

After the Lord’s disciples had failed to cast out the demon possessing a boy in Caesarea Philippi (Matthew 17:14-16), Jesus rebuked the demon and healed the boy. Afterwards his disciples came to him and asked why they had failed.

Because of your little faith,” He told them. For I assure you: If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will tell this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.

There is a whole debate on whether Jesus meant moving mountains literally or was using it as an expression of exaggeration. I understand it as the latter, but prefer it literally, perhaps because I grew up surrounded by towering mountains that seemed so permanently fixed in their place. To know that even the location of such natural edifices are subject to their Creator’s will and to our faith in His will is an incredible thing to ponder.

So… have you ever looked at a mountain, or even just a hill or a rock, and said, “In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, our Creator who reigns in Heaven, move from here to there!” I know I have. It didn’t move.

In one sense, the idea of telling a mountain to pick up its skirts and “move from here to there” sounds like something out of a Dr. Seuss storybook. The image seems silly or even absurd.

[Luke:] “I can’t believe it.”
[Yoda:] “That is why you fail.”

What things do you do that require the willful suspension of natural logic/belief and only exist as faith in God? For me, it involves a beer truck:

beerkegs.jpgEvery morning, I walk 5-6 blocks from the bus stop to my office. As I make my way through downtown Minneapolis, I pass by numerous establishments, including a few watering holes. Invariably on Friday mornings, the beer truck is parked out front, with stacks of kegs waiting to be moved inside for the weekend crowds.

So every Friday, I utter a small prayer: “Lord, bless this beer and make it living water to those who drink it, that they may find you in their lives!” I figure that if Jesus could turn water into wine, then surely He can turn beer into living water.

I tell myself it’s not a test of God, that I don’t expect to open the newspaper on Sunday morning and read about mass conversions overnight. Maybe I think it’s silly and just can’t believe it… Then again, maybe I should; wouldn’t it be cool to get to heaven and have God show you all the people who came to Him because they drank blessed beer?

  1. storbakken says:

    Great post. I have to admit that I too have tried to move mountains and other inanimate (and even, on occasion, animate) objects in the name of Jesus. It does seem silly but since he said we can do it, I had to try. I especially liked this line in your post:

    “To know that even the location of such natural edifices are subject to their Creator’s will and to our faith in His will is an incredible thing to ponder.”

    I hope you don’t mind if I add you to my blogroll?

    Keep blessing the beer, brotha.
    J*
    http://www.morefire.wordpress.com

  2. I hope you don’t mind if I add you to my blogroll?

    Of course not, please do! Thanks for writing – I’ll look forward to exploring your site as well.

  3. I love it, ElShaddai!

    I’m a born-and-raised Methodist – I don’t drink. But what a marvelous sentiment! ““Lord, bless this beer and make it living water to those who drink it, that they may find you in their lives!”” It’s so much better than cursing the people who drink themselves silly! What a great attitude!