Why these are the best cookies in the world

I have a grand-father-in-law who makes these cookies. They are chocolate chip cookies. They are made with Crisco. They are delicious. 

They are, by all accounts, the best cookies in the world. 

Seriously. I am sure you have a cookie recipe that is great. I am sure that you think your grandma's cookies the best you have eaten. 

You my friend are a good person, but you are also wrong. 

These cookies made by Fred Wolf are the best. 

The reason they are the best is not so much the taste or the memories that are wrapped up in them. They are the best because they each have five chocolate chips in them. They are each 3.25 inches in diameter and the bottoms of them have a slight saltiness that is countered by the upper crust's sweetness. 

They are all uniform and made by hand. Fred miraculously rolls each cookie to the right size (based upon the feel). He adds the chips by hand to each ball. He puts only so many on the pan and he cooks them to perfection each and every time. 

They are the best because they are made with the greatest intention and care. Each cookie is thought about and considered. Each one matters to Fred because he wants to ensure each bite is the best bite you have eaten. 

Call it baking if you would like, but I call it a spiritual discipline. 

There are great cookies out there, but few are made because it is a spiritual discipline. 

These are the best cookies in the world for the same reason this is the best beer in the world

All cooks are hypocrites!

I have heard it time and time again that many people do not like Christians because they are all hypocrites. Christians say one thing (love all people) but then do another (picket funerals). Christians say they forgive people but then they go ahead and hold grudges forever. So many people have decided that they give up being Christian because of this hypocritical behavior that is observed in a select few.

Whelp if that is the case then you might just want to give up cooking.

This little gem of a business will offer you dirty dishes alongside the food you ordered for authenticity sake. 

That is right. For those of us who want the joy of cooking without actually cooking but still ensuring others believe you cook - you too can have dirty dishes delivered to your home to give the impression that you slaved over the meal.

The thing is, no one is going to look at this and say, "well, I know that some people will say they cook but actually don't therefor I will give up cooking because all cooks are hypocrites." This is silly.

Christians are not hypocritical - human beings are hypocritical. It just turns out that all Christians are human.

Cooking Christian

Everyone needs to eat. As such, people need to cook. When I cook something I "get fed" and I feel good about my cooking. I get new recipes to try them out, discover there are somethings that I like and others that I do not like. I get a measuring cup to ensure I use the right amount of oil, I have an oven thermometer to ensure the temperature is correct and I get a scale to ensure my cakes are not too dense but remain fluffy. I get some books that talk about cooking and begin to work on my knife skills and even master flipping things in a pan. I am able to provide for myself as I cook and I believe that the point of cooking is to provide food.

There are many of us Christians who view the Christian faith in this way. We go to church and Sunday school. We read some books and drop an occasional prayer at Thanksgiving or during a crisis. We believe that the point of doing these things is to be "fed". When worship does not "feed us" we do not attend.  When Sunday school is not "nourishing" we bail. When the church does not give me the "recipes" for living a good life or when the "recipes" that are heard do not work - we think church is point less. When the church no longer meets my "needs" I find it difficult to lift my head off the pillow on Sunday morning. For many of us, the point of Christianity is to be fed and feed others. Why else would you go though all those spiritual disciplines if you do not "get something out of them"?

I am not sure if the point of Christianity is to be "fed". I am not sure the point of Christianity is to learn how to live life in such a way that we get our needs met. I am not sure the point of Christianity is to learn how to cook.

I wonder if the point of Christianity is to learn to be a chef.  

It is foundational for all chefs to learn to cook, but not all cooks are chefs.  

The point of many chefs is not just to be fed, but rather to bring new and beautiful and tasty things into existence. The chef is aware that the creation is not something that she did on her own, the chef is aware of the dependence upon others we all share. She did not grow the food or water it or even harvest it. She did not process or even deliver the food.  The chef however, did co-create something wonderful and appetizing that only existed in part before she worked her "chef magic".  

Chefs cook with trust and faith and failure and hope and anticipation and guts in order to bring something of beauty into the world.  

Cooks just make food.   

Christians are those who strive to be chefs and will not settle for cooking. And there are many people in the world who are wonderful chefs, who do not take the name Christian.  

The call for Christians is to stop looking to be fed by being a "cooking Christian". Rather, create something beautiful, enliven the world with textures, infuse flavors in your relationships.

For goodness sake, be a chef and you will be fed.