Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment. 

–John 7:24

 I went to a restaurant this evening to eat. I avoid meat and dairy products, so I usually order only bread and vegetables.  

As I was looking in the menu, I found “soy chicken.” 

I asked the waiter about it and he assured me there was no meat in the soy chicken. Just soy. 

I decided to give it a try. 

When my order was brought out, it was a lovely plate of what looked like small chicken strips along with sliced bell peppers and onions, in a light, yet flavourful sauce. 

It tasted fine and I was pleased with my selection. 

The “chicken” looked like chicken. 

It had the same texture and color as chicken. 

But it wasn’t chicken. 

Anyone passing by my table would’ve thought I had ordered chicken. 

Real chicken.

 Judging by appearances, you really couldn’t tell the difference. 

There are many things in our lives that may appear to be one thing, yet they are another. 

A new job opportunity may look good, but upon closer inspection, it may not be what is best. 

The latest teaching in a popular book may seem to have the right answers, but upon closer inspection, it may not match up with God’s word. 

Every aspect of our lives deserves closer inspection. 

We need to judge with right judgment. 

What looks like chicken is sometimes just soy….