Easter break finally came! With a much lighter school load, I’ve gone from staying up late, doing homework, to staying up late, binge watching television series. In other words, I have a lot more time on my hands, so I figured, “Why not bless my amazing editor with an awesome salad!?” My editor, Hannah, happens to love salad, and I happen to have an incredible salad spinner, which is by far the most important salad-making item to have, making it so much simpler to wash and dry each ingredient to perfection!
As I prepared my salad spinner and ingredients for the task at hand, a sudden thought occurred to me: a salad with all of its different ingredients is much like the Body of Christ. That’s when I realized that high school had finally driven me insane. Washing all of the various ingredients before chopping them up, I then proceeded to put them into my salad spinner to dry them off: “just like how we are all washed clean by the blood of Jesus before we enter into the Body of Christ,” I thought. (Hopefully Hannah is alright with me just washing everything with water.) 1 Corinthians 12:12-13 says,
“For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slavesor free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.”
Let us first contemplate the lettuce, a standard ingredient, which is the more traditionalist Christian. Lettuce Christians, while they can seem a little bland, generally know their Bibles quite well, may have reasonably developed convictions, and seem to know the right answer to every Bible related question. Most of their peers/fellow vegetables peg them as the “goody-two-shoes” or “church kids.” However, most respect them for their strong love and knowledge of God. These Lettuce Christians often end up teaching and discipling their fellow salad members, refusing to let us remain ignorant of God’s love. I placed the lettuce into my salad spinner and gleefully dried it off.
Then there are the Tomatoes, who can often be spotted a mile away for their vibrant approach to their faith. Tomato Christians also tend to spend a lot of time in God’s Word, but they’re very well-rounded in that they’re on fire for the Lord and are often the ones to start jumping up and down during worship. They are more likely to become a youth pastor. The tomato is one of the most colorful and expressive vegetables in the salad, and they’re some of the most obvious Christians in church. These Tomato Christians offer incredible encouragement and often end up being inspiring evangelists, emboldening others in their faith. I never put these into my salad spinner because they get all bruised.
Next there are the Carrots, otherwise known as the Christians behind the scenes (or underground.) Carrot Christians serve the Body of Christ without needing to be asked, without being thanked, and often even when no one else is serving them. They are firmly rooted in their faith and stay plugged into the church. You see them at every church event, not because they have the time to attend every event, but because they made the time to serve at all of those events. These Carrot Christians may be running around their own homes like a chicken with its head cut off, but they manage to keep their leafy heads up and put aside their busy lives anyway to help someone else. They definitely care for their fellow Christians. These I can put into my salad spinner; I just loooove how they sound as the tumble around inside.
There are many, many other types of Vegetable Christians in the Body of Christ salad. There are the Radishes, who are always willing to give the Pastors or fellow Salad Members advice or critique. It may leave a bitter taste in the mouth, but in the end their advice is always helpful. There are the Nuts, who have a million creative (occasionally nutty) ideas when it comes to Church events. There’re the Brussel Sprouts, who have had their faith tried at one point or another and may feel a bit lonely. And then there’s the rising generation who are practically Peas in a Pod, and many more besides these.
As I finished preparing the salad and put my salad spinner to good use, drying and prepping my ingredients, I thought about the similarities between a salad and the Body of Christ. Within the Body there are the Lettuce, Tomato, Carrot, Radish, Nut, and Brussel Sprout Christians along with many more besides. None of them are exactly the same, just like none of us are the same. We were all individual, but because we were bought with the blood of Christ, we are one body.
“Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.” – 1 Corinthians 12:27.
I was surprised at this resemblance that just came to me. I think I’ll credit it to God, my salad spinner, and God!