March 24, 2005

Genesis 19:5

After watching the hilarious Super Size Me and reading the mind-bending Fast Food Nation I’ve temporarily sworn off fast food for life, with the exception of IN-N-OUT, whose diamond-tipped ethics have proved it a bastion of the fast food industry, staving off frozen food in favor of fresh, and paying it’s employees well, with starting positions at $9/hour and managers starting at $80,000/year.

With such a personal touch, it’s not a huge surprise to discover that the business is not owned by an anonymous corporation, but is family owned and run by one Esther Snyder, and it shouldn’t be a huge surprise to discover bible verses on most of the packaging for your burgers and fries.

Though similarly intentioned, the guy with the sign at your favorite sporting event was never quite intriguing enough to arouse my curiousity, I was too busy feeling bad for the guy; But when information is presented on the side of my double double (sans lettuce) and my half chocolate, half strawberry shake, I become ravenous for knowledge.

Crazy Guy at Sporting EventThe guy with the sign at your favorite sporting event.

So, for the lazy, here we have the piecemeal biblical lesson that is being quite literally fed to us every time we choose to sit down at an IN-N-OUT. These verses are coming from the New International Version de la biblia, as dispensed by BibleGateway.com.

If you’re eating a burger, you will find Nahum 1:7 on the wrapper:

“The LORD is good,
a refuge in times of trouble.
He cares for those who trust in him…”

If one finds himself consuming a soda, John 3:16 is written on the inside lip on the bottom of the cup:

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,[a] that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

And if you’re shakin’ it like I so enjoy doing, you’ll find Proverbs 3:5 :

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding…”

As could be expected, it’s more of a “greatest hits” of bible verses, though I admit I was hoping for more topical verses, maybe a burger would give me Genesis 9:4:

“But you must not eat meat that has its lifeblood still in it.”

A nifty way to let the customers know that IN-N-OUT cares about well done meat.

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