Should books have warning labels?


I’ve never understood why a bag of peanuts needs a warning label to inform people that the bag may contain nuts. I rather hope that the bag of nuts I bought actually contains nuts. Then again, I also question a box of lemon cookies that is excited enough to emblazon across the front that it is flavored with REAL lemons.

Uh, as opposed to what?caution-943376_640

What is equally surprising are all the places where warning labels do not appear. Such as songs. Why isn’t there a disclaimer at the beginning of a song that it is likely to get stuck in your head and stay there on repeat until one is ready binge eat a carton of mysteriously-flavored chocolate cookies that don’t contain chocolate?

croissant-690646_640And what about books? Have you ever seen a caution that a book is likely to cause one-more-chapter syndrome and one will stay up way past their bedtime –much to the detriment of their ability to function the next day.

Shouldn’t coffee have a warning label that it is likely to keep one awake if consumed too close to bedtime — unless one is drinking it to stay awake and finish the aforementioned book? What about chocolate and the temptation to eat more than one square?

These seem to be rational warnings that need to be posted everywhere. Instead, we are gifted with cautions about hair straighteners not being intended for use in one’s eyes. Hair dryers warn against using them while you are asleep. Letter openers suggest the use of safety goggles during operation.

Because, apparently, every office should come equipped with safety goggles.

Why don’t we have warnings that babies will cause an excess of awws and so cutes. Salty wind blowing off the ocean might tangle your hair. Stars might cause one to wonder at their own significance and God’s greatness. tree-736885_640

So while I might wonder why a chainsaw needs a warning to not hold the wrong end, I am grateful that we have a God who both warns us of our need for Him and inspires us with awe.

“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities-his eternal power and divine nature-have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.”    Romans 1:20


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