Take the “Would You Rather” Quiz

I wish you could meet my sister. In addition to being a downright awesome friend and woman of God, she has a great sense of humor. Growing up, she’d often ask outlandish questions like:

Would you rather only eat green olives dipped in mayonnaise for the rest of your life, or would you rather never bathe or shower again?

Her questions were always so “out there.” Both options seemed hilariously . . . horrible!

Today let’s play a more obvious version of “Would you rather.” Here are four questions you shouldn’t even have to think twice about:

  1. Would you rather:
    a. Live in Ahwaz, Iran (the city filled with the dirtiest air in the world), or would you rather . . .
    b. Live in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada (boasting some of the cleanest air you’ll find of any city in the world according to the World Health Organization)?
  2. Would you rather:
    a. Fill your Nalgene bottle with water from Lake Karachay in Russia (the world’s most polluted spot thanks to the Soviet Union dumping nuclear waste from their largest nuclear production facilities into the lake from 1951–1953), or would you rather . . .
    b. Fill your Nalgene bottle with tap water from Switzerland (the country known for the best tap water in the world)?
  3. Would you rather:
    a. Buy raw meat from a third-world country market with flies covering its carcass, or would you rather . . .
    b. Buy organic meat from your local Whole Foods store?
  4. Would you rather:
    a. Stay in America’s dirtiest hotel room (complete with bed bugs, of course!), or would you rather . . .
    b. Stay in the cleanest hotel room America had to offer?

I bet you chose “b” each time. All of us want what’s most pure (by the way, “pure” means “clean” and “uncontaminated”). With that in mind, I have a big question for you. Are you ready?

Why do we place such a high value on pure water, pure air, pure food, pure everything . . . but we don’t wholeheartedly pursue pure lives?

I’d love to hear your thoughts.

In the meantime, here are some questions you might not answer quite so easily . . .

  1. Would you rather:
    a. Act and appear pure to others, or would you rather . . .
    b. Actually grow in purity from the inside-out? (We’re talking pure thoughts and pure desires that that no one but God can see.)
  2. Would you rather:
    a. Spend fifteen minutes watching your favorite show that’s “not that bad,” or would you rather . . .
    b. Spend fifteen minutes reading God’s Word?
  3. Would you rather:
    a. Move your knee a little closer so it brushes your crush’s knee, or would you rather . . .
    b. Move your knee away so it doesn’t brush your crush’s knee, even when you’re tempted otherwise?
  4. Would you rather:
    a. Rely on “good deeds” to make you feel clean and pure before a Holy God, or would you rather . . .
    b. Agree with Him that even your “good deeds” are 100 percent polluted and trust only in Christ’s purity and cleanness on your behalf?

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About Author

Paula Marsteller no longer tries to catch guys' attention by swallowing live goldfish, arm wrestling, and jumping down flights of stairs. (She's married to a wonderful man now!) She spends her days caring for her two young sons and seeking to practice "radically ordinary hospitality." She's the author of Confessions of a Boy-Crazy Girl: On Her Journey from Neediness to Freedom, and she and her family live in Central New York. You can catch her writing on PaulaWrites.com.

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