Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Bubba Gump Shrimp

"Forrest, lets sleep with our backs together so we don't get our heads in the mud". Bubba

A simple phrase uttered in a simple movie, but lets explore what is going on in this statement that Benjamin Buford Blue or Bubba just made. But first lets back it up a bit and get a little history on the relationship between Forrest Gump and Bubba. We see them first meet in the bus where nobody wants Forrest to sit by them so Bubba with charity in his soul welcomes Forrest to sit by him. Then from there their friendship bloomed and they made plans to open a shrimp boat company together, you may know it as "Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.", then Bubba enlightens us with the different variety of shrimp. Then in the heat of battle we come to the statement that was made in the beginning of this blog! Now lets explore what this statement means on the surface shall we? Well, lets be honest that was a rhetorical question because your already along for the ride. Alright, I would say there is some degree of service going on here because they are leaning together so the other one doesn't get his head in the mud. Hebrews 13:1 "Let brotherly love continue". That scripture is clearly evident in this expression. Now if we look deeper into it, they are really supporting one another and keeping each other from falling into the "mud". But what does this symbolize? Your right probably nothing but in my head they are supporting and caring for one another and what does that for us in our lives? What place can we go to feel supported and lifted and re-energized for the week and cared for? You may have come up with a lot of answers but what I came up with is ........................(drum roll please).........................              
If we go to the Bible in the new testament to the book of Ephesians ch. 4:12-14 it says
 12" For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
 14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;"

We see why Christ set up his church when he was on the Earth so he could help us and lift us and perfect us! We go to church to have that support of leaning against our brothers and sisters so we can keep ourselves out of the "mud" or sin. Church is were we go after a long week of being tempted by Satan to sin so we can feel re-energized by the word of God and by fellow Saints. But even though church is only once a week, that doesn't mean we can only be supported once a week. It means that God gave us a way to get through the week on our own and those things are the scriptures and prayer. So during your week lean you back against prayer and scripture study and then go to church so you can feel that added measure of support. So please take Benjamin Buford Blue's advice and lean back to back (go to church) so you can keep your head out of the mud (sin). 

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