I had never thought about it before, but the refrigerator is a special and private place withing a home. There is something special about being offered the use of the refrigerator.
When people stay at our home, we often say something like, “You’re welcome to anything that’s in the refrigerator.” (The joke’s on them, because the fridge is often empty.)
James says this about the refrigerator in his home when he was growing up:
Having many friends from the neighborhood over frequently, the house was common ground to most who passed through. But, the fridge was not to be opened by those who did not reside in the house. Our home operated on a budget and a single income, sometimes even on state or federal assistance, making the contents of our fridge very valuable indeed. The refrigerator door was not to be opened by those who were not residents of the home, and those who did would be quickly reminded not to enter the forbidden fridge zone.
He ends his post with this:
For me, true Christian Fellowship can be seen in the privilege of access to your brothers and sisters refrigerators. Even more so, fellowship is established mutually. A refrigerator full of leftovers is not a blight on your reputation when you truly desire to have others see you as you are. Commonality exists in the content of our relationships, and is truly fostered in Christ-like conformity when we allow our guards to go down and the doors of our refrigerators to swing open. Even though it is easier to just have someone serve you from their refrigerator themselves, we miss out on much of the value had in earning the trust and love in genuine relationship with others. When all things are in common, the relationship becomes more important than the possession, and that last piece of cheesecake truly belongs to any who desires it. My fridge is your fridge.
What do you think? Is the refrigerator “sacred space” in most homes? Do you share the contents of your refrigerator?