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Is Chocolate Sinful?

I’ve just eaten my first Mounds bar in a year or two—my favorite Smile.  It reminds me of one of my favorite pet peeves.  Hm…maybe I should say, the peeve that peeves me the most.  That is the pairing of the words “sinful” and “decadent” with the words “delicious” or “chocolate.”  As a lover of chocolate and of God (not in that order!), I resent this because it sends several unacceptable messages:

1.  That anything fun or delicious is sin.

2.  That sin is fun.

3.  That God doesn’t want us to have fun or enjoy good things.

4.  That a life of godliness is going to be boring and joyless.

Imagine heaven with a diet of gruel and canned spinach.  No, our meals there are going to be fantastic, beyond the most fabulous gourmet creations. So I eat my Mounds bar (and any other chocolate I am offered—in moderation, of course) with great thanks to God who put this wonderful stuff on this earth for us to enjoy.

…every creation of God is good and no food is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving.  1 Timothy 4:3 (NET)

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