King Kong sitting in a movie theatre snacking away on popcorn kernels as big as your head while you try to enjoy and focus on a movie with your date is a ridiculous example of “an elephant in the room.” However, rather than focus on macro issues such as King Kong or the global trend of giving God no credit for anything, this thought is really about our own personal elephants in life – the things that are awkward to bring up, address, or otherwise deal with.
[Personal Aside: I made the mistake the other day of mixing what I *assumed* was someone else’s elephant and my personal elephants – and trying to address them – which I later found was inappropriate. There is time and place for everything. However – here I am focusing on our personal elephants – which since they are ‘ours’, then we do have the right and the responsibility to address them.]
Take for instance Matthew 23. This particular part of Matthew has seven warnings to the teachers of Jesus’s day. What I find interesting about these warnings, or woes, is that I am all too familiar with them. Since each of us are training to be the teachers of God’s kingdom as Rev 3 talks about, I think we must heed these words with a warning also.
Matt 23:23 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone. 24 “Blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!
I imagine another way to look at this verse is with the preparation I just performed for the Feast of Unleavened Bread, one of God’s seven Holy Days. During this preparation for those that observe it, we are to clean out products that have any kind of yeast or leaven in them.
Okay … So, now imagine your kitchen table, and on that kitchen table is a beautiful, puffy, white loaf of bread. However, rather than eating up or removing the loaf before the feast, you meticulously take your dishcloth and super vacuum cleaner and remove each of the crumbs that sit around the loaf of bread.
There is not a crumb in sight once you are done. The table is clean of all stray little pieces, but the elephant in the room is the loaf itself that sits on the table and smiles up at you. Sometimes, just like the pharisees, we can strain out the tiny little gnat, but then turn right around and swallow a camel. Now is the time to address our elephants – we have no crumbs keeping us back now, let’s go for the jugular.
Hopefully you do not have many elephants in the room … hopefully you have addressed many of the issues and sins that I find in my life. God wants us to be in His family, but as Jesus said to the woman at the well, there will be a time when the true worshippers of God will worship me in Spirit and Truth.
This Feast of Unleavened Bread, I am here to tell you my friends, that NOW is that time – whether they be obvious elephants (that everyone knows about) or secret elephants (that only you know about).
Now is the time to address the elephant in the room.