Fake Raisin Bran

When I was a boy, my sisters and I would usually spend some time each summer at our grandma’s house in northeast Oklahoma

. She lived out in the country. I always liked going there. Granddad had lots stuff that a boy would find cool. My favorite thing was a lamp that sat on the table beside his chair. The lamp had a picture of a train on the shade. When it was on, it looked like it was moving… but it wasn’t.  I’ve always loved Raisin Bran. Kellogg’s not Post. On one of our visits grandma asked if I wanted some cereal, I asked, “What kind do you have?” Hoping for Captain Crunch or Boo

Berry… Cheerios at least, I was very disappointed when she offered words I had never heard of as cereal. After several offerings that did nothing for me, she said some magical words, “Well I guess you could have Raisin Bran.” Eureka!! This will work. Then she sat a bowl and spoon on the table and brought a strange box out that said, “Bran Flakes” and another familiar red box with a woman on the front… raisins. I protested, “That’s not Raisin Bran.”  In the Old Book, the Lord often warns his people to be wary of things and people that are false. The Psalmist wrote, “Who may ascend the hill of the LORD? Who may stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear by what is false” (Psalm 24:3-4). The Lord requires authenticity, purity and honesty.   The culture we live in is replete with cheap imitations. We encounter bogus friends, back stabbing brothers, forged documents, false prophets and even off brand products. In all things: political leaders, pastors, teachers, love, friendship or even religion – choose quality, demand purity, expect honesty and never settle for fake Raisin Bran. telemicus out

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