(September 11, 2017) Dr Jim McClure, straight-speaking theologian, asks a pertinent question…
‘What’s the difference between me and a can of beans?’ The answer is that the can of beans carries a ‘Use by’ date while I do not!
So many products contain a ‘Use by’ date – and that’s good because it may prevent food poisoning. It is also helpful to indicate the period in the life of the product when it is at its most effective. But when it reaches a certain age, it’s better to discard it.
However this method of consumer evaluation fails miserably when we apply it to people – especially to Christians in the life of the church. When we become Christians, God doesn’t give us a ‘Use by date’! But it often seems that others do – and we can begin to believe that.