Do you like curry? I am such a fan! I like Thai curry, Indian curry, Hawaiian curry, and whatever category fits the casserole recipe I shared in this post a couple of weeks ago. I like red, yellow and green curry. I like it with chicken, beef, pork or any combination of veggies. I just like it!
But, if you had asked me, before today, which curry color was my favorite, I wouldn’t have had an answer. I’ve never eaten them side by side to really taste the difference. So, to celebrate a raise my husband recently earned at work, he took me on an epic lunch date. We ordered all 3 colors of curry from a local Thai restaurant so we could share and compare. Which do you think we enjoyed the most?
I got a chance to discriminate on my epic lunch date of share and compare: Which color is the best Thai curry? Food for thought…
Before I go any further, I want to put forth something that is really on my heart and related to this topic enough that I can’t seem to keep writing without acknowledging it. In the same way that I appreciate all types of curry and have never put them side by side to compare, I appreciate all colors, sizes and shapes of people. I am fortunate to have friends and family of all kinds and I believe we’re created and loved by God equally. Our ability to see everyone that way is our victory as a society.
Color discrimination is ok for curry, but not for people!
Never in my lifetime, until just recently, have I been asked to notice differences and treat people according to them. These days, we’re encouraged to put people back in categories. In America, I’m being asked to favor businesses owned by some and not others. Merit is diminishing as the defining criteria for school acceptance or employment. And we’re pressured to shame people again. It’s backwards. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects all people against discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin.
Robert Fulghum wrote a book called All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten. I’m not sure about that, but I am pretty sure most of what harms us to know, we’ve learned after kindergarten. There is a children’s song which says:
Jesus loves the little children All the children of the world Red, brown, yellow, black & white They are precious in His sight Jesus loves the little children of the world
God made all colors of people He and loves us all the same.
It is child-like simple. God made us all. Every single one of us. He loves each of us, no matter our physical or mental capabilities or characteristics. He wants a relationship with us all, no matter which way we lean politically, or sexually. He died to save us, regardless of how we identify or how we struggle. The only thing that can keep us from His love is our choice to reject it.
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”Romans 8:38, 39
God wants to help us live, without discrimination, in true unity with Him and other people
We must come to Him just as we are- sinful, prideful, shaggy, stinky, imperfect. If we wait until we are more presentable, we’ll never get there. He’ll wrap His arms of acceptance around us, no matter what, and then, by His grace, mercy and love, start to clean us up. He will create a new heart within us. He will help us see like He sees, want what He wants, and love like He loves… without prejudice, bitterness, or discrimination.
“I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.Ezekiel 36:25-26
Alight – thank you for allowing me to share what was weighing on my heart as I was talking about comparing the colors and flavors of curry and discriminately choosing my favorite. I think God was impressing this lesson upon me as I enjoyed the epic lunch date with my husband. I mean, even the Thai chicken salad was a conglomeration of different kinds of things – fresh, fried, colorful, sweet, tangy… all served together and appreciated in harmony.
My lunch date was definitely “food for thought” but we did choose a favorite color of curry!
I think the truth, which was reinforced during our epic lunch date of share and compare, was more important than our discovery of which was our favorite color of curry. But we did make a decision. And, surprisingly, we agreed. Even our kids, who enjoyed our left-overs, numbered their preferences the same way we did.
Yellow is our favorite, with its deep, dark, earthy sweetness. Red closely follows yellow, with its lighter and brighter flavor. Green curry is delicious, and none of us would turn it down if it were offered on its own. But given the choice to discriminate between the three, we concluded that yellow is the best Thai curry for us.
Do you like curry? Do you have thoughts about discrimination of foods or people that you’d like to share? Is Jesus ministering to your heart and mind on the matter?
You are precious. You are loved.