Mark my words, by the end of this month every kid in Spokane will have pumpkin fever and the rest of us will feed the frenzy by helping them carve those pumpkins into everything from jack-o-lanterns to depictions of their favorite cartoon characters. Some prideful parents have truly mastered the medium of gourd art. But there are options for those whose talents are better suited for other tasks of expertise. Now for a mere $100 from Cinagro Farms in Filmore, CA, you can purchase an organically grown “Pumpkinstein.”
What is it? Inspired by the cube-shaped pumpkins grown in square molds in Japan, the owner of this farm gave that agricultural trick a frightening twist. He put growing pumpkins into Frankenstein-shaped molds. By the end of the season these wanna-be-round October beauties have grown up into him who is their head. The resulting “Pumpkin-stein” is a pumpkin with all the features of Frankenstein and none of the mess of carving.
It makes me wonder what molds and shapes us and we don’t even realize it. That can be more frightening than even Pumpkinstein this time of year. Is it the plethora of white lies told around the office, the criticism of a spouse we’re so commonly caught in the middle of in conversation, the cultural reclassifications of gender and marriage, or perhaps frightening films the likes of which would leave even Boris Karloff disturbed (he’s the creator of the original Frankenstein).
The Lord says in Colossians 3:9-10 “Since you have taken off your old self with its sinful practices … put on the new self which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its creator.” God’s interested in our character. He’s interested in us being formed, molded, into people who reflect his character. The way Paul puts it in Ephesians 4:15, God wants us to, “in all things grow up into him who is our head, that is Christ.”
As you carve pumpkins this year, consider your character, and make sure you’re in the right mold—the mold of Christ, not Pumpkinstein.
P.S. Learn more about the character of the creator and how we can be molded in Sunday Bible class this fall at 9:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall for “A Case for Character.”
Then come hear Concordia Seminary St. Louis Professor Joel Biermann lecture on “A Case for Character” on October 11 at 7 p.m. at Hope Lutheran Church in Spokane Valley.