For most people during the Second World War, one of the dietary staples was SPAM which was an acronym for “spiced ham”.
When Britain received a supply of it from the United States, some described the taste as being similar to eating “cloth material”.
When food was in short supply it had the advantage of being easy to transport and had a long shelf life.
The ingenious cook used it as a supplement to what other meat they could get on or off the ration.
There were many jokes made about it,such as
- SPAM is ham that didn’t pass its physical
- or that SPAM was a meatball that did not pass basic training.
A World War II-era can of Spam. Photo courtesy of Hormel Foods Corporation
In the end many people gained a taste for it and for some it remained a delicacy. Yet even then feelings were mixed about this controversial food.
“After the war, Gen. Dwight Eisenhower wrote a letter to a retired Hormel executive commenting on his company’s famous product. “During World War II, of course, I ate my share of Spam along with millions of other soldiers. I’ll even confess to a few unkind remarks about it—uttered during the strain of battle, you understand. But as former Commander-in-Chief, I believe I can still officially forgive you your only sin: sending us so much of it.( quoted from “a war won on spam”” by dwight zimmerman)
The gospel of Christ may not be regarded as “haute cuisine” or even palatable by the sinful world at large but for those whose taste buds are invigorated by the Holy Spirit find it sustaining and satisfying to their spiritual hunger and the divine means to save their souls.
Spam, the nuisance kind
This “word press’ website comes with a built in “spam filter”; I go to it periodically to remove the ads and often nonsensical messages that some person or business sends me.
These messages are most often advertising something and the people who send them are foolish if they think I will actually respond to them, but I guess some people do or why would they keep doing it.
Maybe they just like to be an irritation.
For whatever reason people do this, they are a real nuisance for many of us on the receiving end.
Like all junk mail, however impressive the outside envelope may be the actual contents are usually valueless and unwanted.
They take up space that could be used for something worthwhile and useful.
I wonder how many of us today, treat parts of the Bible and some of the doctrines taught therein as Spam.
Are there portions of scripture that we would gladly put into the recycling bin and then empty it?
Modern man and some professing Christians find parts of the Bible very uncomfortable and disagreeable.
It is embarrassing to observe the lengths some people will go to water down, explain away, ignore or treat as outdated miraculous, unpopular and condemnatory portions of God’s Word.
Sadly for them, the Bible stands as a whole. However much they may chafe at God’s commandments and the truths found in its pages, the true Christian will gladly receive them, believe and thankfully live by them.
A four legged friend!
In the film “Son of Paleface” Roy Rogers sang about “A four legged friend “who will never let you down.
However this may be, we are sometimes let down by our two legged friends and we let them down.
Human beings are often self centered and are sometimes fickle, faithless and unreliable.
We are often warned to by Scripture to beware of placing too much faith in people.
“Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save”.Psalm 146:3
We are not helped by the fact that our high and unreasonable expectations of others build us up for a fall.
In a romantic partner we initially see them through rose coloured glasses and when the glasses come off and we see them in normal light, with all their flaws and failings we very often, unfairly wonder what we saw in them in the first place.
Why do so many marriages and relationships fail but because people expect perfection and lifelong bliss and receive instead life with all its day to day difficulties and mundanities.
Our friend’s circumstances may change or they may move into a new circle and our relationship fades and may even cease.
As the hymn says “Change and decay in all around I see”.
God is one who will never fail us and who sticks with us through thick and thin. He will remain with us to the end. Knowing us as He does He cannot change in His understanding and love for us.
Jesus is a friend who sticks closer than a brother, Proverbs 18:24
While we may have at times the wrong expectations from Him ,He will infinitely surpass all our hopes.
“Many complain more of the sorrows to which they are born, than of the sins with which they were born; they tremble more at the vengeance of sin, than at the venom of sin; one delights them, the other scares them.”