Photo and Commentary ©2020 by Robert Howson
Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Being in an unfamiliar town we walked into a diner based on advice given by a local. And it was good advice and even better food. We left feeling stuffed with absolutely no room for dessert, but the sign at the checkout left us with a sweet taste in our mouth. Perhaps that was because we recognized the logic on the sign as something we had employed ourselves in different contexts.
Read it for yourself and see if you don’t agree.
We’re all so good at it, rationalizing that is. Our logic may be impeccable, even if our final conclusion is not on a first name basis with truth. It’s easy to talk ourselves into believing what we want to believe because it delivers what we wanted in the first place.
Achan was good at it, maybe not as good as you or me, but he was good. Consider his story found in Joshua 7. You remember how he took some of the spoils of battle after the seven day siege and fall of Jericho. This wasn’t discovered until a minor skirmish with the one-horse town of Ai which ended in disaster. Of course we don’t know what went through his head, but we can fill in the blanks with our own imagination, something like – “nice Babylonian robe, five pounds of silver, and a gold bar – those guys from Jericho certainly aren’t going to use them anymore; I really shouldn’t let them go to waste. We weren’t really paid anything for our all our marching, and there were risks involved. That ought to be worth something, don’t you think?” I’m sure he came up with many more, all of them more convincing, all of them crafted to justify his actions. So, go ahead, have your muffin for breakfast; just make sure you’re calling it by its right name.