From The Pastor: Elections, Xmas and hot sauce

Bill Hancock
Runnels County Register

This week we, as a nation, are going to be creating history. I hope you voted. I hope you voted for the person you really wanted, as opposed to just voting for the party you were against.

I have some random thoughts to throw out today. What is the official date to start preparing for Christmas? I have already seen Christmas shows on television and I have seen Christmas decorations in the stores. I have heard of folks putting their Christmas trees up already. Let’s give Thanksgiving its due and then start the Christmas season. Channel change.

Who was the bravest person in the world? Maybe he was the person who ate the first oyster. That is not my thing. Maybe the second bravest person was the one who ate an egg. That could have been a cooked or a raw item to consume. Anyone ever eat a raw egg? Not much need for chewing a raw egg, or a raw oyster for that matter. My son Cody brought home a single tortilla chip for consumption. This is not your basic Lay’s potato chip. This is a single HOT chip sold as a one chip challenge. This chip is sold as an instrument to consume pure hot sauce and test your machismo factor. The chip is packaged in a small cardboard package shaped like a coffin, complete with a skull on the front of the package. The warning on the package says to wash your hands with soap and water after touching the chip. It warns not to touch the eyes or other sensitive areas until after washing your hands. The pepper sauce on this chip is from the Carolina Reaper. According to some quick research this is one of the hottest peppers in the world. The only thing I have to compare it to is a jalapeño pepper. I personally know of the heat of jalapeños and their effects on the eyes and sensitive areas. Nuff said.  This Carolina Reaper is many, many times hotter than the jalapeño pepper. That’s all I need to know. I am not going to try this single chip challenge.  I know my limitations.

If anyone has tried this challenge please let me know how your recovery went.

Gary Karschner is the pastor at Miles First United Methodist Church