Is it Animal, Mineral, or Tomato?December 10, 2010 at 10:54 am | Posted in Galatians, Uncategorized | 8 Comments
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There is an ongoing debate at my house about whether a tomato is a fruit or a vegetable. I always maintain that it is a vegetable. My proof? A fruit is something that can be enjoyed by itself and in a dessert. I enjoy peaches, blackberries, and pineapples by themselves. But I would not touch tomato ice cream, tomato cobbler, or tomato upside down cake. I just wouldn’t.
This does not persuade my wife and kids, however. They argue that a “fruit” is anything that has seeds in it. To be fair, I think they have the majority of scientific opinion on their side – including their elementary school teachers. But we’ll see who has the last laugh, when I run off to enjoy a strawberry sundae, while they’re nibbling listlessly on their tomato popsicles.
The Bible lists the fruit of the Holy Spirit in the lives of Christians:
…love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
And, regardless of what we think of tomatoes, anyone can see that these Spiritual fruits are marked by the fact that they do contain “seeds.”
The Christian who sows love, joy, and peace in his own life will spread the same characteristics to others with whom he comes into contact. If you have ever been around someone who is genuinely longsuffering, gentle, and good, you know it is hard not to respond to that person in like manner. The Christian attributes of faith, meekness, and temperance can produce an orchard of blessings which glorify God. The real test of fruit is that it brings forth life when it is planted, and joy when it is shared.