If a Milkshake is Heaven, Could You Point Me toward Hell?
by D. Matthew Brown

I love a good milkshake. I especially love a good milkshake from Chick-fil-a. I love how the soft serve ice cream from which it is made gives it the perfect thickness so that it is neither too thick so as to make it collapse a straw nor is it too thin so that it is not easily and immediately consumed. I particularly love the cookies ‘n cream shake from Chick-fil-a and how I am pleasantly surprised every other sip or so with a crunchy piece of cookie to munch. I love of good milkshake.

The other night, I indulged myself (at the expense of my waistline and my household peace for having made an unnecessary purchase) with a cookies ‘n cream shake from Chick-fil-a. As I was driving down the road, I said to myself, “Self, this milkshake is heaven.” After thinking that, I immediately thought of what a blasphemy that thought was. To think that I would even think to compare the temporal tastiness of a milkshake with the unfathomable pleasures and riches in the presence of almighty God! It was a great atrocity indeed.

As I thought more deeply, as milkshakes tend to make me do, I thought that I should despise eternity if it were filled with unlimited milkshakes. And I believe that the same principle could be applied to anything else in which we take pleasure in this world. The things that we desire and enjoy most in this world would become pure hell in eternity, for monotony in finite things is hell. However, God is not monotonous. God’s depths are unfathomable, and his mercies and pleasures are new every morning. There shall never be dull or pleasureless day in the presence of the Lord, and, conversely, there shall never be good or pleasure-filled day in hell apart from the presence of the Lord. For God is satisfaction, and without him, even a Chick-fil-a cookies ‘n cream milkshake is as rubbish.

Tagged with:     , , ,

About the author /


My name is D. Matthew Brown, or simply Matt Brown to those who know me. I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, husband to my wife Haley, and a lover of writing and reading. We presently reside in Raleigh, North Carolina where we are striving to find our nook in Christ's Kingdom. I am a graduate of Southeastern College at Wake Forest with majors in English and Biblical Studies.

2 Comments

  1. Jason

    I make my own ice cream because I like my desserts less sugary than others like theirs. I "improve" upon the recipes of others by using 1/2 to 3/4 the sugar they use.

    My wife and I find that having separate budget categories for "Jason money" and "Natasha money" for unnecessary expenses helps in oh, so many ways:

    -We achieve flexibility to buy what we want without discussing with committe (a.k.a. while a deal exists).

    -We can more accurately evaluate if we _really_ want something or not because the choice, benefit, and cost are all localized to the individual. Of course, it indirectly affects those around you, but you get the idea: it's easier to weigh cost-to-benefit ratios this way than if you are spending group funds on an individual.

    Concerning your main point, I think that more often than literally saying "This is heaven," we Christians are guilty of saying "This is good" or some synonym of good, and meaning it is good because it pleases us in the short run.

    Complicating matters is the lack of distinction we make in the church between "That sermon entertained me" and "I think that sermon pleases God" whenever someone says "I enjoyed that sermon." And the same can be applied for music, food–anything.

  2. Josh McManaway

    You were exaggerating, right? Do you think that it was genuinely blasphemy to use a figure of speech?

    Unless you're a Manichean, then Creation is a good thing and, though imperfectly, it reflects pleasure in Heaven.

Post your comments

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *