Text: Mark 7:1-23
It was my plan this morning to talk with you about loophole religion. I figured it was a topic all of us could relate to—from the youngest to the oldest—for no matter what age, none of us like to be told no. We have become used to getting what we want in life, and we are especially cranky when things don’t work out in our favor. So it’s only human to look for the loophole when things don’t go our way.
Children are great loophole finders. Take for example the question that every parent has been asked by his or her child: “Is it ever okay to lie?” Answer as you will, but just know that is a loophole question waiting to happen. But it’s not just children who are good loophole finders, all of us are. Researchers have even coined the term “the loophole generation” when it comes to the current generation and online education.
Adults, however, might actually be the masters of finding the loophole in just about any situation. Case in point, the story of the man who flies free thanks to pudding. David Phillips is a University of California civil engineer. In 1999, he noticed that on the box of one of his Healthy Choice frozen dinners was a promotion they were doing with an airline. Anyone who sent in ten barcodes from the frozen dinners would get 1,000 frequent flyer miles in return. Get enough of those miles and the airline lets you fly for free. [Read more…]