Monday, June 27, 2011

In-N-Out Revelations



by brettmerritt (bio)

Recently, after I picked up my son from a week-long camp for recently graduated fifth graders, I decided the best way I could reward him for enduring five days with hundreds of eleven year-olds, cafeteria food and no shower would be to buy him a burger. We chose In-N-Out. While we were devouring our burgers and "Animal Style" fries, my son pointed something out that surprised me:


I think I have eaten at In-N-Out fifty times and I've never noticed scriptures. I got out my iPhone and opened the Gospel Library app to Revelation 3:20 and read:

"Behold , I stand at the door, and knock : if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me."

Cool, right? On the surface, it's even about dinner. But we asked ourselves, "Why is it on the bottom of the burger wrapper? And are there more?"

After a quick Google search, I found a post on Snopes.com about it. I learned the Snyder Family, owners of In-N-Out, are religious and have elected to use this type of subtle proselyting.

It's not the only scripture featured on In-N-Out packaging. The soda cup sports John 3:16. The milkshake cup displays Proverbs 3:5. And, if you are the kind of person who frequently gets the artery-hardening "Double-Double," you'll see a reference to Nahum 1:7.

However, not all of the verses are about food, unfortunately. I was sort of hoping they had used Revelation 3:16 for coffee:

"So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth."

How about you? Have you seen this? Is this old news to Californians? Are you hungry now? (I am.)

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