One of the reasons I haven’t written a blog post until now is that I’ve been doing important research. It all started when I saw a commercial on TV and thought it was the dumbest idea ever. The commercial was about a certain type of cookie. No doubt, most Americans would say that homemade chocolate chip cookies are their number one favorite [including me]. However, when it comes to store-bought cookies and childhood memories OREO cookies would be listed as number one in the hearts and stomachs of children and adults since 1912. During my childhood there was only one kind of Oreo Cookie: “MILK’S FAVORITE COOKIE.”
In the 21st Century there are now dozens of Oreo flavors, from banana to peanut butter. There are also seasonal flavors, such as pumpkin. I tasted my share and liked most of them. I also enjoyed the size changes – the Double Stuf Oreos and the MEGA STUF even more. But, NABISCO just went too far in challenging my acceptance to change when it introduce the newest Oreo cookies. I was dumb-founded when I watched the TV commercial about “NEW! OREO THINS – THE THIN AND CRISPY SANDWICH COOKIES.” What is the world coming to? How could anyone twist them open? Even if you could, would it worth it? How would the OREO THINS stand up in milk? Would they crumble and disintegrate? Making OREO THINS by taking away most of the creamy inside and slimming down the chocolate cookies on both sides was absolutely ludicrous. More than being absurd, “OREO THINS” was an oxymoron, as far as I was concerned!
In order not to become a crass and crumby cookie critic, I needed more information before pronouncing judgment. I needed to do my own research before making a decision on OREO THINS. What better way to find out the truth than doing a taste test to see if OREO THINS held up to the OREO name. For the span of two + weeks I taste tested OREO THINS and OREO MEGA STUF side by side, with milk of course. Before even taking one bite, reading the packages made me favor the MEGA STUF [13.2 oz] over the OREO THINS [10.1 oz]. However, I knew MORE was not always better, so I continued with the tasting. Surprisingly enough, even though the MEGA STUFF OREOS are my all-time favorite [with all that creamy stuff inside], the OREO THINS were not so bad. Despite the small amount of creamy stuff in between two skinny chocolate wafers, I could still taste the creamy stuf. There was just enough of the stuf and wafers to taste like an OREO COOKIE. The OREO THINS also stood up to milk. I didn’t try twisting the thin sandwich cookie open. I never could twist any cookie open because of my cerebral palsy, but I’m sure it can be done.
Besides enjoying eating OREO COOKIES for more than two weeks, I learned a valuable lesson. I should not make hasty judgments without knowing what I’m talking about. I must admit that writing about OREO COOKIES was fun using my tongue-in-cheek “Lydia Humor.” This leads me to a more important topic. Judging people without knowing them is much more serious than deciding what cookies to buy. Hearing people who call themselves “Christians” pronounce hateful judgments on all people who call themselves “Muslim” is extremely disturbing and unconscionable. Some Christians and others on the far right [politically] paint with broad strokes and judge all people who are Muslims to be radical extremists who belong to ISIS and want to kill innocent men, women and children with homemade bombs. This way of thinking is totally ignorant and downright stupid and frightening.
Nowadays I cringe when someone says “Evangelical Christian” because most people equate that title with those who are narrow-minded and judgmental, arrogant and abusive, angry and intolerant. This is very sad and very wrong, yet very true of some “Evangelical Christian” groups. This is not how God wants His people to be. Instead of being narrow-minded and judgmental, I want to be well-rounded and respectful. Instead of being arrogant and abusive, I want to be humble and kindhearted. Instead of being angry and intolerant, I want to read and learn about different people groups and have others teach me about things I know very little about. How beautiful it would be to engage in conversation by asking a person who is Muslim to tell me about Islam and the Quran. My interest in that person may cause that person to ask me about my beliefs. Even though the person may not ask me questions, at least the person who is Muslim has met a Christian [me] who is not a radical extremist filled with hate. At least, I will hopefully leave a MEGA TASTE of God’s goodness and love with the person.
“Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him” [Psalm 34:8].
“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God” [Micah 6:8].
“By this all men will know that you are My [Jesus’] disciples, if you have love for one another” [John 13:8].
“You shall treat the stranger [[foreigner] who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself…” [Leviticus 19:34].
“…You shall love your neighbor as yourself…” [Mark 12:31].
“Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be put in your lap” [Luke 6:37-38]. [These verses remind me of MEGA STUF OREOS AND MILK!]
[Also see First (not one) Corinthians 13.]
Another reason that I have waited until now to send a post is I need to take my time and make sure there are no typos and mistakes. In my last post, “Auntie Got Tongue Lashed by a Reindeer”, I found many mistakes after I sent it out. I ended up making corrections and some additions and re-blogging it. You may want to read the edited version. I worked on this recent blog post all week and read it over at least a dozen times. I hope it has less mistakes than the last one. If not, I hope you will still understand the important message I’m trying to convey. Thanks for reading my blog posts.