It’s that time of year again… apple picking, pumpkin picking, hay-rides, and corn mazes.
We took the kids to Russo’s farm in Allentown NJ (it’s great, we highly recommend it) on Sunday afternoon. Our extended family picked 96 pounds of apples! We took the hay-ride and even got ourselves lost in the corn maze. What struck me about the day though… was our kid’s obsession with ‘picking’. They don’t even really like apples! But, there was something about picking them that really turned our kids into machines! At one point, it was so crazy that the kids were trying to throw away perfectly good apples just so they could go and pick more.
Possibly the most famous Scripture verses ever (known even by folks who never even opened a Bible) are the ones that detail the downfall of Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:7):
So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate.
Each generation has its vices. We’ve heard so much about Adam and Eve eating the ‘forbidden fruit’ that it has made its way into our ethics and morals: ‘don’t take pleasure in the fobidden’, ‘don’t mess with the boundaries God has set’. But, does this really capture the ‘sins’ of our present age? Our kids, for example, are good kids, they don’t break rules (too often anyway), they don’t seek the forbidden, but they do CONSUME like crazy.
If God were writing a Genesis-type story for today, God wouldn’t be talking about ‘forbidden fruit’, God would be talking about how the tree has been stripped of its fruit by people-turned-consuming-machines. God would be talking about how we picked a thousand apples, took one bite out of each, and threw the rest away… while others around the world starved with no apples at all. This would be the way to describe our ‘downfall’ today.
I guess the root cause is still the same… ‘self over all else’ drives us to do some things that don’t quite square up with God’s plan for love and generosity and sharing.
What if we were to forget about that ‘forbidden fruit’ that keeps us on the wrong path? What if we were to ‘consume’ less and give more apples?
The world would be better… and so would we.