We bought some ground beef a few days ago. The boys made some burgers with half of the ground beef but they left the rest in the package to use later in the week. Yesterday one of my sons decided to make more burgers but when he opened the package, the meat smelled a little strange. He could have used the part that wasn’t discolored but he decided to eat something else.
The incident reminded me of a newspaper article from several years ago about a local grocery store that was selling expired meat—they would put spices on it to cover up the putrid smell and priced it as a special. Some people got sick after eating the meat and that’s when the newspaper ran a story about it.
The store was trying to pass off the bad meat as something good, even making it more appealing by selling it at a special price. It made me think about Isaiah 5:20-21: “What sorrow for those who say that evil is good and good is evil, that dark is light and light is dark, that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter. What sorrow for those who are wise in their own eyes and think themselves so clever.”
We live in an upside world—what was once evil is now being promoted as something good, and what is good has now been considered evil. Our society is basically packaging “bad meat” and trying to pass it off as “good meat” and making it more appealing by selling it to us through various flashy and “trendy” media modes. Just look around—look at our television shows, advertisements, magazine stories, etc. What do you see? Can you spot the “bad meat” that’s being repackaged?
Second Timothy 3:1-4 reminds us, “… in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God.”
The bottom line is, don’t buy bad meat!