The McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish was invented in 1962 by Lou Groen in Cincinnati. He noticed that Roman Catholics, bound by the Roman Catholic laws of fasting on Fridays and Lent, stopped buying his cheeseburgers.
Lent-keepers say their 40 day fast is patterned after Jesus’ 40 day fast in the wilderness where Satan tempted the Lord to turn stones into cheeseburgers (Mat 4:2-3).
Groen’s idea to turn beef into Catholic friendly New Zealand hoki and tartar sauce was a huge success for his franchise.
Of course, the twelve disciples never followed this fasting pattern, nor did our apostle Paul who had this to say about ordering the Filet-O-Fish:
“But meat commendeth us not to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse.” – 1 Cor 8:8
“Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday” – Col 2:16
Most likely the 40 day pre-feast fast of Lent was patterned after some pagan religion such as the ancient spring practice of weeping for Tammuz that goes back to Israel’s day (Eze 8:14).
Missing the Mystery of Christ
Nevertheless, anyone trying to follow Jesus’ pattern to Israel in Matthew-John has missed the revelation of the mystery of Christ given later to Paul (Eph 3:1-4).
Anyone who thinks that by observing the laws of abstinence and fasting in Catholic Canon law keeps them on the straight and narrow path to salvation have missed their complete position in Christ’s body.
“if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,Touch not; taste not; handle not;…” – Col 2:20
Our spiritual standing is not determined by the restrictions we put on our flesh, but by our membership in the body of Christ (Rom 5:2).
Those who limit themselves to the Filet-O-Fish, supposedly following Jesus in his earthly ministry to Israel, have missed something revealed later that is far greater.
A Further Revelation
In 1967 after the Filet-O-Fish was offered to law abiding Catholics, a new sandwich was invented by Jim Deligatti: the Big Mac. This tasty treat had two all beef patties rightly divided by a third slice of bread.
Similarly, after the earthly ministry of Jesus to law-abiding Israel, Paul was given the mystery of God’s two fold purpose (Eph 1:9-10).
Where most people see only two divisions in the Bible, that between the Old and the New Testament, the Lord introduces to Paul a third thing called the mystery of Christ in a new creature (Eph 2:15; 2 Cor 5:17).
Although the Filet-O-Fish is now a mainstay on the menu at McDonald’s, they have always followed Paul’s doctrine and have never refused a cheeseburger to anyone who wants one during the ignorant Roman Catholic Lent:
“For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving” – 1 Tim 4:4
While millions participate in the Lenten laws of abstinence and fish eating, don’t let any man judge you for ordering a Big Mac in remembrance of the manifold wisdom of God given to us in the mystery of Christ.
Although it will cost you a bit more.