Would You Rather…?

For lunch yesterday I had a Kit-Kit. On the wrapper was ‘Would you rather be chased by one horse-sized duck or 100 duck-sized horses?’ There was discussion and laughter…

Yesterday included ‘Would you rather…

  • …go out – it might rain, or stay home – it might be sunny
  • …play in the woods or walk on the beach?
  • …eat a cheese roll or ham roll… Kit-Kat or shortbread?
  • …spend the evening playing games, reading or watching TV

Ordinary everyday choices.

‘Would you rather..’ questions were popular school jokes. Would you rather…

  • …have jelly arms or banana legs?’
  • …be the size of an ant or the size of a skyscraper?
  • …wear a green balaclava or fairy wings every day?
  • …be a pet goldfish or a wild lizard?

We laughed because of their absurdity… Asking ‘Why?’ stretched the imagination, making us think in ways never thought before…

Such hypothetical questions show your priorities and character: Would you rather…

  • …be the hero that saved the girl or the villain that took over the world?
  • …go without shampoo or toothpaste for the rest of your life?
  • …be the funniest or the smartest person in a room?
  • …people knew all the details of your finances or your love life?

Some are real, challenging choices. Would you rather…

  • …Have food or heating?
  • …Have a well-paid, stressful, demanding job, or earn less and spend time with your family
  • …Stay in a secure but harmful relationship or walk out?
  • …Have a better-quality life or a longer life?

The Bible is full of such questions. Would you rather…

  • …Be blind or seeing?
  • …Be rich or follow me?
  • …See me calm the storm or drown?

I read Psalm 2 this morning: Would you rather have kings who are visible and think they are powerful or God who is invisible but who has ultimate power?

It’s one of the few places in the Bible that we read that God laughs… To him it’s not hypothetical. It’s real… an absurd joke that stretches the imagination…

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