I decided to get up at 4:30 weekday mornings to write my blog at my local McDonald’s restaurant with my Sausage McMuffin and unsweetened tea. The one thing about McDonald’s is its consistency. Ray Kroc bought the McDonald brothers’ business years ago and began the concept of franchising the name, products, and the famous “Golden Arches” to people who wanted in the restaurant business. The guarded or proprietary secrets of the corporation are known only to a few people but they guarantee the Sausage McMuffin I am enjoying now will be exactly like one I would eat in Germany. On my tray is a picture of the Big Mac and I know the sandwich’s “two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun” will taste the same in the over 1,000+ stores worldwide. The success of McDonald’s is people can rely upon this consistency over and over again.
Jesus, teacher of stories
Jesus used parables of everyday occurrences to teach people a lesson. Far be it from me to think this blog is inspired and inerrant (just look at my punctuation and typos for proof) but people have a sort of “faith” McDonald’s will live up to its reputation of consistency and cleanliness. It was Kroc who coined the phrase, “A time to lean is a time to clean.”
Faith is called hypostasis which literally means “that which stands under” and is the basis for the Christian life. (The Expositor’s Bible Commentary Hebrews, Leon Morris p 112) Another word Morris uses is the word, elenchus–a test or cross-examination in a legal sense. Christians have faith as a base or platform by which they stand and this platform is also the way we examine all those things we do not see. I believe in God (faith) and this same faith helps me to develop a trust in those things of God which I cannot see.
Faith by God’s consistency
It is not whimsy or a passing fancy that faith is built by the consistency of God. The sun rose this morning and will continue to do so till he ends it. Even if it is overcast I know by the consistency of the sun’s rising for my fifty-five years that it will come again tomorrow. Watching the visible things of this world I can see the qualities of an unseen God. I cannot see agape love, but I can see its effect because God sent his son. I cannot see his justice or righteousness but by faith I can see it in the requirement of the Cross.