Sinner Impossible by Brandon C. Hovey
Author’s Note: All verses are NIV translation.
Romans 6:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
John 2:15: “So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables.”
The world needed a savior. Original sin had long taken its toll and God decided the time was right to fulfill his prophet’s words. Jesus came for us, became one of us, and died to save us. His blood saves us all. His promise is one of eternal life and by his grace we are set free and offered an underserving second chance.
As Christians, we are challenged to be Christ-like. We’ve often faltered at this. I can recall many times in my own existence where I’ve not been willing to give a second chance. I’m not always thinking about Christ’s ultimate lesson of forgiveness and grace by his death on the cross. I’ve seen someone who has demonstrated Christ’s grace in the restaurant business: Chef Robert Irvine.
Chef Irvine is a culinarian who has been involved in food service for over twenty-five years. His current show “Restaurant Impossible” shows Irvine tackle a failing restaurant’s problems ranging from service to sanitation, to outright poor cooking. Irvine focuses on both the personnel problems of the failing restaurant to the business side of the establishment.
Irvine does not pick or choose these restaurants.
Irvine’s methods and approaches have given his program a level of success around 78%. Irvine turns around these restaurants with $10,000 and in two days. I would argue that this is in many ways could be a saving grace for a restaurant.
If a restraunt’s owner or management team accepts his methodology for excellence in the restaurant business they are moving into what Churchill would call “bright sunlit uplands.” If not, they are rooted in their old ways which keep them a failure.
Irvine summarizes his goals on his official website.
“What I typically learn in the first meeting with the owners is that the restaurant is struggling on a deeper level; there is tension between family members and staff that is pushing the restaurant to the brink of failure. This is a problem that a fancy facelift and brand new menu won’t help. I consider an episode successful if by the end of the shoot I can bring the family (or staff) together. My ultimate goal is to help guide them in resolving their personal challenges that are keeping the restaurant from succeeding.”
You can read more about Irvine here
Irvine offers healing hands and a new hope to the restaurant like Christ offers hope and salvation to sinners such as us. You can see that the scripture mentioned beforehand applies to both the restaurants and the sinners like us.
Irvine also makes old spaces new again. He is oftentimes pictured with a sledgehammer gleefully tearing down old decay and having his builder Tom Bury and his various designers renew life to the old dead or dying space.
This is much like Jesus clearing the temple of money changers.
Irvine clears the restaurants, Jesus cleared the temple. And if we let him he can use his holy spirit to clear our temple and hammer away the negativity and sin that holds us back in everyday life.
Let’s not forget that we all will fall off our respected wagons now and then. Yet we can pick ourselves up and continue on the race we are expected to run.