BIG MAC BUT NO MONEY NEEDED IN THE WALLET


When I was growing up in the Indian village, I have seen affluent people keeping big currency notes in their visible shirt pocket to show the power of their wealth and power of purchase capability. As a growing up child it was a sign of wealth or richness. But I am sure this is no more relevant because how will one show the greatness of once wealth with the credit and debit card.
"Big is better" is our present day culture. We live in a culture which, embodies and glorifies the greatness, such as big car, big computer, big house, big cell phone, big refrigerator, big furniture etc. Big demands expand as we progress human civilization. It is same when it comes to the religion and the expression of God. Our God is a great God at the same time our God is a small God. Mahatma Gandhi once said “The greatness of humanity is not in being human, but in being humane.”  We can’t forget the fact that human being are capable of greatness. An individual attempt to be great in a world is a constant attempt to accomplish greatness. Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. We all live in suspense from day to day; in other words, we are the hero of our own story.
The Big Mac is a hamburger sold by McDonald's, an international fast food restaurant chain. It was introduced in metro Pittsburgh in 1967 and nationwide in 1968. It is one of the company's signature products. AT &T latest award winning add ‘bigger or smaller’ created a phenomenal attraction. Bigger is better.... I am sure not in every case. In my personal relationship with God, I can relate more closely with the smallness of God than the greatness of God. The incarnation of God is all about smallness of God. The Great one who became small. The pure one who was baptized, the living one who died, The king who left the glory himself to ensure honor for all. When we read the biblical narratives, we find the God was in details in creation, tabernacle, sacrifice and the church. God is the God of details.
Some of us have developed our ability to pay with 'plastic cards'. When I took my first bank account in the US bank the manager asked me, if I want to have a credit card? I said no, but his response was you will be in need of that soon. Yes, when I went to buy my big mac they asked me my card. One outlet even said we don’t have change for 20$ and we can only take your order if you have the credit or debit card. Among the Asian pacific countries the growth for plastic money is expected to have a recorded phenomenal growth. This also creates new possibilities for small business owners at the same time creates greater risk for the security companies.
Phillip Brooks made an appropriate comment when he said, “The true way to be humble is not to stoop until you are smaller than yourself, but to stand at your real height against some higher nature that will show you what the real smallness of your greatness is.”*  Yes we need to equally celebrate the smallness and the greatness of God and our self.


* Quoted in Burning Out for God, E. Skoglund, p. 11


Dr. Binu Peniel

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