The Dorito War of 2020
Thursday - June 11th
Scripture to Read for Today's Devotional: Matthew 5:9
Today's Selection from our Sermon on the Mount Reading Plan: Matthew 5:27-32
"Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.”
One of the strangest victims of the coronavirus is Cool Ranch Doritos. That is right, both in Canada and the United States, production of Cool Ranch Doritos ceased for a couple of months. During the COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, high demand for Doritos and new factory regulations caused production to focus on the original Doritos and ignored any of the other flavors. The Cool Ranch shortage hit Canada particularly hard, as evidenced by empty store shelves where Cool Ranch Doritos once sat.
Some of these specific snacks' fans have made demands of production facilities that they begin full production again. A few different groups have formed and started petitions to get Cool Ranch Doritos back in their local stores. Others have fought over the last bag or two on shelves in various grocery stores that had a handful of product left. One article addressing this unique shortage referenced the "Dorito War of 2020." One person told an interviewer that since production and supply chain capacities had slowed down significantly, the Doritos fan base began to turn on each other. Someone simply said, "The Dorito war isn't pretty. It is ugly."
Is it just me, or does it seem that we are living in a time when people are divided and fighting over the most mundane things? There are significant and vital issues being raised and addressed right now in our culture. I get those tensions. Most of those are not new, and I hope we move toward deeper and more permanent healing. But, it does seem that we have forgotten how to disagree well, how to come together and find solutions to move forward. When people are at war over Doritos, that is a sure sign we need peacemakers in our land. Jesus called us as His followers to be just that in this world.
Yes, we are divided as a nation. Peacemakers are needed on the national stage. But, they are also necessary for some of our everyday relationships. Jesus talked about how blessed Peacemakers will be as they follow His Kingdom values. Peacemaking is a messy, complicated endeavor. It is not for the faint of heart, but it is one of the key ways to experience happiness in this life.
When we think about being a peacemaker, we have to understand we are not talking about a neutral or passive term. Jesus did not say we would be blessed if we stayed calm. He also did not say we would be blessed for being agitators. Jesus' call was for us to lean in, and make sure we are longing for ways to build bridges in our wold among various and divided people.
Would the people closest to you, the people you live with, the people you work with, the people you spend a lot of time with call you a peacemaker? Would they simply laugh if you even brought the subject up? Take the time today or in the next few days to ask a few people you trust if they believe the word "peacemaker" describes you. Be open and honest in how you take in what they say.
Notice that of the eight Beatitudes Jesus gives in the Sermon on the Mount, only being a peacemaker is associated with a promise about how others will perceive us. Peacemakers will be viewed as the children of God. Not sure anyone can bring peace into the Dorito wars. But, there are plenty of other places that need our intentionally engaging in bringing peace among differing parties.
Remember that when you do bring peace into conflict, others will conclude that for you to bravely step into the tension and seek peace, you must be a child of God. Not a bad thing to be accused of in our world today!