Dried Fruit

I hate dried fruit. Prunes are ok. I do like dried apricots. And I don't hate raisins in things. But for the most part, I want dried fruit to die. Why? Because it's not really fruit. Or at least, it used to be. Things that used to be things should no longer be things. If you're gonna call yourself a fruit, you best be juicy. And refreshing. I want my fruit to be that which makes summer bearable and not require a gallon of water afterward to quench my thirst. Dried fruit accomplishes neither. Therefore, I hate it.

When it comes right down to it, I want fruit to be the way I think it should be. Not cooked, not canned, not dried. Fresh. In case you missed the sarcasm, I am aware that all of those things are still technically fruit. But because I don't like them, I refuse to recognize them as legitimate fruit. Now, perhaps you didn't see this coming, but prepare yourself for the spiritual sharp turn:
Therefore bear fruit in keeping with repentance. (Matthew 3:8)
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And in this case, I think the aforementioned attitude applies. Repentance is a tricky thing. And most people think that judging someone by their actions or fruit is a relatively black and white exercise. But what happens when the person doesn't bear the fruit we expect?

A friend and I were discussing this recently. And he brought up how repentance is frequently described as a 180. In other words, when you repent, you turn from that which you were doing. So let's say you repent from cheating on your taxes. Well, that would mean that you stop cheating on your taxes. Simple enough. The same is true if you were cheating on your wife. Just stop doing that. Now suppose you divorce your wife--what then? Even further, what if you remarry to that woman with whom you were cheating? Yes, God hates divorce. But can repentance really mean repeating an act that God hates?

This is what I mean when I say that repentance is tricky. Because there are a lot of Christians who would say that such a man should divorce this other woman and remarry his first wife. This, as they would say, would be the fruit of repentance. It's the only thing that fits with the idea of turning from your present course of action. But what if there are other kinds of fruit? And what if, in this situation, repentance applies more to the attitude of lust than simply the act of adultery?

Are you beginning to see the fruit of modernity here? And how it skews our perspective to only judging one's actions and not their attitudes? Of course, I'm not suggesting that not turning from adultery is ok. But I am saying that judging a person by their fruit means perceiving as much as it does observing. Otherwise, you might waste years waiting for someone to bear fruit that they're just never gonna grow. Because they're already bearing fruit that you aren't looking for. And trust me, I speak from experience.

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