In the Real World

Written by Anthony Douglas on 10 June 2017.

Down-to-earth is generally meant as a compliment, describing someone who isn’t prone to flights of fancy, who is reasonable and level-headed. Someone who can be trusted to think things through. We like to work with people who live in the real world. Frankly, it just makes good sense.

HawaiianAnd then there’s the Hawaiian pizza.

There’s different schools of thought on whether it’s acceptable to put pineapple on a pizza, but let’s not get into that. What we can all agree on is that pizza is an Italian creation, and Hawaii is not. The common but confounding pizza is Italian-American. Right? No - it was invented in Canada: let’s call it Italian-American-Canadian. Not so fast...the inventor, who died during the week, was a man named Sotirios Panopolous, an immigrant from Greece. So next time you tuck into a slice of Hawaiian, then remember it’s an Australian-Italian-American-Canadian-Greek cuisine...

The real world isn’t always as clear-cut as we think it to be. The more we come to understand, the more shades of grey we find. What we thought was ‘real’ and therefore true turns out to be a little more complicated.

And conversely, sometimes what is spiritual isn’t quite as vague and misty as we’re led to believe. Sometimes they’re crystal clear. Sometimes they’re the most real truth of all. Like when Abraham has his servant swear by “the LORD, the God of heaven and the God of earth”, because there’s no more profound a vow to be made.

In the real world...? Or would you prefer the one who is greater than the world, who made the world, who rules it still? Your God awaits...

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