A new type of coffee bean is making headlines. Black Ivory Coffee is selling coffee beans that are freshly picked from elephant dung. Here is the process: elephants are fed pure Arabica coffee beans, the beans are digested, and then harvested from Elephant dung the following day. Some say these beans brew the world’s smoothest cup of coffee. They sell for $500 per pound.
Our world works hard to mask unpleasant things. We spin and market and pedal the negatives as qualities. In extreme cases, we sell dung as a delicacy.
This takes place in our spiritual lives too. The world describes the negative effects of sin as a positive. Materialism is “distinguishing taste.” The exploitation of others is “shrewd business.” Narcissism is merely “self confidence and ambition.” Regardless of the marketing, no matter how you slice it, it still stinks. Sin is sin.
Jesus cuts through all the spin and empowers His people to do the same. In the Gospel of John, Jesus tells His followers, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” In other words, Jesus and His teachings help us see things truthfully. Then, we find freedom in that truth.
As you go through the coming week, seek Christ so that He can cut through all the spin. See things as they are and be free. You do not have to be a part of the lies. You can recognize what is really good, whole, pure, and true to the fullest. Besides, with the truth, you don’t have to start your day with a cup of really expensive elephant dung.