Monday, September 24, 2007


I am a firm believer in the free market economy. I believe that the consumer should be the one that determines the longevity of a product or service. But I also live in this world as a follower of Jesus Christ and am called to impact the world for His Kingdom. At times those two ideologies fit together well and at other times they are shockingly opposed. Today is one of those days as I read of a dessert that is available at the Fortress Sri Lanka, an award winning luxury resort in Galle. This dessert cost $14,500! That is not a typo, you have read it correctly, $14,500!

While I believe people should earn what they can and spend how they see fit, there is no reconciling a dessert for this much money. Those that order will receive the following from the wires;

"A combination of a gold leaf Italian kasata, flavoured with Irish cream and served with a mango and pomegranate compote and a bubbly-based sabayon enlighten, forms the mouthwatering base of this delicious desert, however, the finishing touch is the 80-carat aquamarine stone nestled on the handmade chocolate stilt fisherman.
Legend has it that an aquamarine has the power to calm, sooth and heal. Its blue colour is often reflective of the ocean and the life giving properties of water and has been used over the years by sailors and fishermen for protection and luck.
It also has a soothing effect on relationships and is said to endow the owner with foresight, courage and happiness, the recipe for a long and happy marriage and the perfect gift for those looking to surprise their loved one. "

For $14,500 you have your taste buds satisfied along with your need for idolatry. This is sin in every circumstance. How anyone could ever spend that much money on dessert when there are so many around the world that do not have one meal, is a clear example of the depravity of man. It is a display of how hard a heart can become towards those the Lord would call us to pay attention to. I realize we can make this point about many things that are purchased and consumed by all of us. I also understand we can abuse the call of God to look out for the poor among us, making that the satisfying of the Gospel to the exclusion of truth. While I understand all of that there is never under any circumstances a right reason for a person to pay for a $14,500 dessert. Not when hundreds if not thousands could be kept alive for the price of that one dessert! May God have mercy on us all.

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pastor tom