Posted on February 27, 2013 at 5:41 pm.
by Aszia Walker
Everywhere I’ve gone the past week, there has been online radio, in-car radio, billboard signs, and television commercials bringing me face to face with what I’ve dubbed “burrito porn.”
Advertisement after advertisement has had me drooling over tantalizing descriptions of the perfect burrito, full of fresh ingredients and euphoric flavor that this restaurant chain (that shall not be named, because their food isn’t actually evil, but I am using them to make a point) promises to deliver.
So, where has tuning in to all of these delicious marketing schemes taken me? Well, last week it almost took me off the highway to the nearest unnamed-burrito-location… even though I have the exact same ingredients at home. I was willing to forsake my commitment to my food budget, for one measly burrito.
And then it hit me, this is what men (and women, but I’m going to commend the fellas for a minute) deal with every single day. They are bombarded with image after image of seductive women in general media, porn, and real life singing the siren song of “come away with me, forsake your commitment to your wife and/or your God and delight in all the pleasure I can offer you.”
I could barely resist a freakin’ burrito after enduring a mere three days’ worth of ads.
This revelation has given me an overwhelming compassion for the men in my life who figuratively speaking (and kind of literally) have their radios and televisions off, billboards blocked out, and are staring straight ahead at the highway of purity, justice, love, and covenant stretched out before them.
You go guys! It’s hard work. We live in a consumeristic society pimping burritos and women at every turn. I now know the extreme lengths to which I will have to go to avoid the temptation of a silly Mexican food dish. How much greater lengths do you valiant men go to daily to act out the love you have for your families, your own heart, and your Lord!
Jesus’ grace abounds to you as you continue to fix your eyes on Him. I am proud to call you brothers because you know the Way, Truth, and Life that is better than simple lies of a sexualized culture. The way you men pursue Christ and guard your hearts, eyes, and loved ones is such an inspiration to me. Stay strong! Even when you are tempted to take the nearest exit to earthly-indulgence, know that He can keep you from stumbling and provide you a way back into your lane, just flip that blinker!
By the way… I make one heck of a burrito bowl with what I have at home. Not to brag, but it’s far better than anything I could pick up at burrito-place-I’m-still-not-naming. I’m sure all of you married men can attest that the love of your bride is more intoxicating than any cheap imitation may claim to be. And you single men who understand that “delight yourself in the Lord” is not some feminine, poetic line (although we have attempted to hijack that one, sorry) but is a bold truth echoing from the heart of warrior King David, and resounding today in your own soul… You guys are a testament that what the world offers is indeed incomparable to the goodness of our Lord.
Keep on men. Keep on.
Aszia serves as the Social Media & Internship Coordinator for pureHOPE. Shameless plug: feel free to follow us on Twitter and Facebook, or apply for our summer undergraduate internship.