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Happy Boba Day

As we drink on April 30 to celebrate Boba Day in recognition of Pearl Milk Tea, why not reflect on how Jesus is the real pearl among cultural dualisms

This blog post is Part 2 to God of the Heavenly Kingdom

Today is Boba Day. Pearl Milk Tea: 珍珠奶茶, alternatively known as “Bubble Tea” and “Boba” was invented in Taiwan and has grown in popularity in the world. Most Taiwanese people speak Chinese and share a common heritage in Chinese culture. Pearl Milk Tea is a cup of small-sized cooked tapioca balls (pearls) with a milky tea brew, which is consumed with an over-sized straw that can suck up the chewy pearls.

Pearl Milk Tea can be thought of as a metaphor of the folk religion, superstitions or the Gnostic dualism around the world. In China, there are many gods and spirits that people worship such as ancestors, ghosts, mountains and idols such as Guan Di (god of war), Guan Yin (goddess of mercy), Matsu (god of the sea). Many people will worship not just one of the gods but a variety of them. I am of Chinese ancestry with some familial traditions and members that continue in the partaking of such superstitions. Now having become a born again Christian interested to evangelically bring God’s Word to my traditional family, I am faced with addressing the challenge of where Jesus fit into a mixed beverage of beliefs?

For many people who merely acknowledge Jesus as a righteous person or a good luck charm, He is just another pearl in the cup. But the Bible teaches us that Jesus is the Son of God, and that He created all the spirits and powers that exist in the world. Colossians chapter 1, verse 15 to 17, tells us “The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him, all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him, all things hold together”.

Jesus also spoke about pearls during His time on earth when He was teaching about the kingdom of God. In Matthew chapter 13, verse 14 to 46, Jesus tells us that “… the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it”. God’s kingdom of heaven which only Christians can enter is like a pearl, not a chewy tapioca ball in milk tea but a precious jewel of priceless value.

It is my prayer for not just my family but all those who swirling through a mixed beverage of beliefs that they will discover Jesus as the ultimate pearl. It is only through Jesus that true “blessing can be obtained. As the world searches for “righteousness now and for eternity, Christians can go forth with the assurance that we do not currently live in this world alone fighting one another to survive. Christians can take heart as we are truly alive in Christ with God by our side, providing everything we need. Now that is 福 #blessed!