No, it’s not a new national chain. Allow me to explain: there are numerous companies out there who profess to be pizza makers who attempt to put their frozen pizzas in a cardboard box or worse yet: shrink wrap and a round, thick bottom cardboard pieceÂ and sell it to you. I am talking about the kind of pre-packaged pizza they sell at the major food chains like Walmart, Krogers, Albertsons, Trader Joe’s, etc.
I had some the other day: a brand that is supposedly one of the top brands in the business. I opened up the box, stuck that baby into the oven, and 15-20 minutes later out comes a “delicious” vegetable/mushroom pizza. I emphasize “delicious.” Because, as we all know…the pictures on the cardboard box, as the pictures on the Cable TV ads, they all make these pizzas look so good! And despite being relatively flat…I mean flat as in “We ran an offroad truck tire over this mutiple times” flat. It was rather tasty.
Well imediately after dividing and conquering the four pizza pieces I noticed there was a rather bumpy, if not aprupt,bowel movement…the kind of which I am sure not even the legendary King Kong has ever experienced. With just seconds to spare, I made it to the throne and proceeded to do my business. Now normally, my business on the throne is rather nasty smelling, again refering to King Kong, but this time adding King Kong eats at Taco Bell…but this time it was really not so smelly….this time what came out had a wet cardboard texture.
And so it’s because of Cardboard Pizza, that the major Pizza food chains (Pizza Hut, Dominoes, Papa Johns, etc), have won my undying loyalty and business.
As Christians, we often find ourselves confronted many times by a Cardboard Gospel. It’s a widely instigated, always duplicated, false gospel of a false Christ. It’s a gospel that looks good on the outside, but is relatively flat on the inside. In fact, it’s relatively tasteless.
The worship is there, but it’s pointless. The compassion is there, but it’s aimless. The love is there, but it’s often closed up in a box.
Listen, I am a Christian, I’ve been through it all. I’ve taken a bite out of that Cardboard Gospel, and it sucks! Compared to the real thing: the pure, unadulterated, living, breathing Original Gospel of Jesus Christ, it’s simply not worth the trip down the frozen food isle. I want the Pizza Hut, Dominoes, Papa John deal. If I call on the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I want the best home delivery in under 20 minutes, and I want it hot, and I want it now!
Anything else is….well kinda like wet cardboard left outside after the rain.