Christian Korean BBQ
Sorry for a long absence of not blogging about cooking and God, I will try and update more often my thoughts and revelations about Dad (and eventually post up my crazy experience at PIHOP prophecy talking about cooking!)
So most people know and enjoy the amazing sensation known as Korean BBQ. It’s not even just Koreans now, everyone is getting in on this craze and going to restaurants and eating to their heart’s content. You walk into a restaurant and immediately the sound of sizzling marinated meat on the grill, the loud chatter of parties, and of course, the delicious aroma that permeates throughout the room and up the olfactory senses in your nose. Yes, the smell is what makes Korean BBQ so notorious and infamous.
For all those reading this, I can almost 100% guarantee that you all love Korean BBQ in some way, shape, or form. BUT! The only downside, most people would say, is the aroma and how it somehow iron grips itself to your clothes and your body. It’s embarrassing going somewhere after a dinner at a restaurant because everywhere you go, people will smell that strong pungent odor of Korean BBQ. People can smell you from a block down and know that you just had Korean BBQ. I’m sure all of us, including me, have thought, “I love Korean BBQ but I just don’t like the way it makes me smell afterwards.” And if you’re like me, you’re thinking this in the back of the room at Gethsemane while MSN is giving message and everyone is staring at you because they can smell you and your BBQ cologne/perfume.
Now directly relate Korean BBQ and being Christian. It’s almost identical huh? Don’t follow? Well come and let’s take a ride into my wacky, cooking-and-relating-God mind :)
For those reading, we love God. It’s that simple. Sure we have our ups-and-downs but bottom line, we love God. We can’t imagine our lives without God (much like some of us can’t imagine our lives without Korean BBQ, or maybe that’s just me). We love God, yet we don’t want to smell like God. In a sense, we’re almost ashamed or embarrassed. Sure, it’s fine to go to ministry events and church on Sundays, being around other believers is all fine and dandy. It’s when it’s obvious that we’re Christians, that’s when we start to get a tad hesitant. Smelling like God, in my mind, is overflowing with the fragrance of the Holy Spirit. People can smell you a block away by your fragrance, but we’re scared to live that kind of life. Those are the “radical Christians” that we tend to stay away from because we don’t want to scare off any potential non-believers. Obviously, we need to use sound judgement and tact that the Spirit provides, but in a general sense, why are we so scared to be saturated in the fragrance of the Spirit. I want to live a life where my odor is of God. I want to walk down the streets and people know I’m a lover of God, not in some creepy, loud, obnoxious way. So often when we have that stench of Korean BBQ that others smell, it’s never really negative even though in our minds, we’re totally embarrassed. Almost every time I smell Korean BBQ on someone else, my first thought is “dang, they smell like BBQ, I wish I could eat some too.” Why can’t it be like that with our non-believing friends and people we’re trying to reach out to. “Dang, they walk with the Lord and smell like God, I wish I could be part of that.” It’s a difficult path to walk, but one I definitely want to strive for. Smelling like the Spirit can be different for each person and their own walk with God, but something we should be less embarrassed about.
I don’t care that I smell like a Korean BBQ Christian, do you?