Eat the Alligator, Swallow the Cricket (6 of 19) by Zach Terry
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ILLUSTRATION: This past week I attended a conference of Southern Baptist Pastors at New Orleans Seminary and was able to carry my wife and kids along for the trip. Perhaps it was the fact that it was Mardi Gras week, perhaps it was the experience of being in out of our element. But for some reason my family was open to a few culinary experiences they had never embraced previously.
During our evenings we were able to go down into the French Quarter and enjoy some of the best cajun cooking I've ever had. One particular place we stopped at had an incredible selection of étouffée, gumbo, fried crawfish, charbroiled oysters, it was awesome. I told my kids, you can get anything on the menu, having already scanned it to see that the prices were reasonable. Well everyone ordered typical cajun fair, except that is for Cole, my 11 year old son. He discovered that about half way down the second page of the menu - this restaurant served fried alligator.
Oh that was tame compared to what Julie and Caitlyn ate - you see while I went to the Pastor's conference, they went to the insectarium and dined on a selection of crickets and worms.
In my opinion the human stomach was not designed to digest cold blooded reptiles or bugs. As a matter of fact, I don't think I could swallow a cricket if my life depended on it… i'd just go ahead and die. Now why is that some foods seem un-natural for us to eat, and others seem perfectly normal? I'm sure some of the foods we eat seem odd to people in other parts of the earth. We eat cows, chickens, pigs. Why are we comfortable eating those, but are repulsed by Alligator. It's almost arbitrary what we see as good and what is disgusting.
Imagine you not only have cultural norms telling you what to eat and what to avoid - but imagine you had a Word from God saying, ''Don't eat that or you'll be cut off from the people of God''. That was the situati ...
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