You Didn’t Know God is Like a Fast Food Restaurant?

The other day, I was directed to a very disturbing video. It features a man by the name of Rickie Rush and he is advertising his book entitled, “May I Have Your Order, Please?”. In Rickie’s book he likens God to a fast food joint. Apparently, God just takes your order and will give you whatever you want. Find this hard to believe? Check out the video:

According to Rickie Rush, all you need to do is place your order to God, pay God (or Rickie?) for your order, and wait for God to complete your order. Now, compare Rickie’s understanding to what Jesus says about prayer:

Pray then like this:

     ‘Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name.

     Your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

     Give us this day our daily bread,

and forgive us our debts,

as we also have forgiven our debtors.

     And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.’ -Matthew 6:9-13, ESV

Now look at 1 John 5:14:

Welcome to Good Burger, home of the Good Burger. Can I take your order?

And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.

Do you see the difference between Rickie Rush’s teaching on prayer and the Bible’s teaching on prayer? Rickie’s teaching revolves around Rickie, and the Bible’s teaching revolves around God. Prayer is never to be used to get what you want, rather, it is to glorify God by admitting you don’t have the answer. God knows what you need and if you ask according to his will, he will give you what you need.

So, you have two options. #1 You ask God according to your will. #2 You ask God according to his will.

I pray that God will open the eyes of those blinded by Rickie’s false teaching, and I pray that you will grow in your view of prayer.

Thanks for reading.

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About Travis Berry

I am a blatantly honest person who loves to think, read, discuss, and write about God and theology. I have a bachelor's degree in Youth Ministry from Crown College. I work at a church in Houston, TX as a Youth Director and love every minute of it! I am married to a wonderful woman named Becky and we have one amazing child! I have a love for God's Word, and a fervor to live it out in the fullest, and I pray this blog reflects that. Thanks for checking out AnotherChristianBlog!.

Posted on June 20, 2012, in Christianity, Theology and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Leading with wisdom and gentleness – thanks

  2. I just discovered Rickie Rush today. Oddly enough it was thru’ a re-run or similar version of the same sermon/broadcast you have above. Pastor Rickie (“God’s Master Illustrator”) Rush’s line about how, “God is like a Big Mac at MacDonalds. You can’t eat a Raw Big Mac, it has to be cooked!”, nearly made my head explode! I can recognize a charlatan when I see one.
    I try to follow all of the evil TV preachers, and have been doing so since the early eighties.
    This was the era of the first forays into national broadcasting by the truly mercenary “second tier” preachers: e.g, Jim and Tammy, Jimmy Swaggart, Benny Hinn, Peter Popoff, Ernest Angley, and my still-favorite, the immortal Robert Tilton. These people made no pretense of pretending to be men of God, unlike their predecessors Billy Graham, or Oral Roberts. They all preached their own versions of “healing”-for money of course; and the doctrine of “Prosperity Theology”-sow a seed, and God will bless you with money-of course, the seed of faith will be sown as a donation to that TV preacher’s “ministry”-after that you’re on your own. If you don’t get rich, you didn’t sow enough, so send the Pastor mo’ money.
    Most of them were instantly successful, due to the widespread influence of cable TV.
    They were all discovered to be cheats, frauds, liars and megalomaniac showmen, who corrupted the word of God for their own financial gain. Oddly enough, despite being found out, they are all back in business, still making money with the same tried and true formula.

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