In the past few months, I have become interested in baking. Primarily, because our family wished to reconstruct our mother’s recipes. She was an excellent cook. One of her sure fire hits was mac and cheese. Well you know that mac and cheese is just about a cult happening in its self. So, I did some research during the holidays into good mac and cheese recipes, Several of them used Velveeta. As the holidays unfolded, and I attended family gatherings, mac and cheese was almost never omitted from the bill of faire.
At one particular gathering, the conversation turned to mac and cheese and the fact that many restaurants were including it, even making a mac and cheese hamburger! As we dug into the dish provided at this event everyone weighed in about how great it was and discussed the possible combinations of cheeses and spices used. Well, true novice as I was, I asked if anyone used Velveeta. Two of my family members looked at me in sheer disdain, and pronounced that they used a combination of real cheeses. I felt like a defendant in the court of Judge Judy with Martha Stewart as the the bailiff.
Many days after this encounter, I was searching the “fridge” and came across a box of Velveeta. My mind went back to the mac and cheese episode. Upon examining the ingredients, it was clear why these ladies dismissed my question about Veleetta. Velveeta is not real cheese. Now, I have to say, the recipes for mac and cheese using Velveeta are much easier than the ones using real cheese combinations, and the preparation time is more shorter. Is the taste that different? Can the ordinary person really tell the difference? Does it really matter that much?
Of course, my mind took me to the question of the real deal in my christian life. My answer may lie in this analogy. A genuine christian life requires time in preparation, study, meditation, and sacrifice. Or, we can take some short cuts and create some very convincing looking christian lives. But upon close examination, do we stand up? Does it matter that much? Can anyone really tell the difference?