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What If We “Reviewed” The Gospel Like Patti LaBelle Pies?


Ever since that viral video of somebody reviewing a Patti LaBelle Sweet Potato pie online. The brand has never been the same. The creator Patti LaBelle has been featured on multiple talk shows, the pie has sold out in stores, been the topic of debate and even controversy. These events definitely highlight the influence of social media and the power of a good recommendation.

Wouldn’t it be awesome if Christ followers shared the gospel just as enthusiastically and energetically, enough to spark a viral video. Right now more than ever people are hurting, and hungry to hear it. We are in kind of a famine-like state in this society where there is too much information and too little wisdom, knowledge, and understanding, similar to that mentioned in Amos “Look, the days are coming when I will cause a famine in the land. The people will not be hungry for bread. They will not be thirsty for water. No, they will be hungry for words from the Lord.” (Amos 8:11 ERV) We’ve also been forewarned in scripture that “a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear.” (2 Timothy 4:3 NLT)

Seems like people are going after the thirst of their own souls to be satisfied. The gospel is Christ telling the Samaritan woman that “whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.” that sounds like a beverage we all could use, definitely more refreshing than a sprite. It’s guaranteed somebody needs to know about that epic 2 piece fish meal from the gospel of Luke 9:16. It may change their outlook on life and above all save their life. Somebody needs to know that our God is a God of provision. In the most desolate times God is there and He cares. His desire is for our mind and body to prosper as our soul prospers, being led by Him.


More people undoubtedly need to know about the kingdom. Bishop T.D. Jakes popularly quotes that “the gospel is like one beggar telling another beggar where he found the bread”, that’s exactly what James Wright was doing, sharing his experience with someone he knew via the web. He even mentioned that his inspiration was from “someone else” posting the pie. So how much greater should the popcorn effect be when we share the gospel, holy-spirit filled and enticingly?

If “the bread” has been sufficient and life sustaining to you, why not share it with the world. Yes it’s true more can be said with our actions than with our words, but while we have viral ways to let the world know…consider uploading a video with your testimony. Too shy for social? Write it out to share or maybe recommend the word of God to a close friend or even a co-worker.

Being that we’re upon “Thanksgiving Day” this is time of year everybody usually goes around and expresses what they’re thankful for. Let’s take it a step above and share our testimonies of God’s grace or great “reviews” about the impact that having faith has made in our lives.

Patti Labelle pies are selling out in stores now, but the bible is still the best selling book of all time. It’s always good for more people to be aware and enlightened of it’s power.

How has hearing the gospel changed your life?

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— April D. Byrd is the creator of and BOLD-Impact Network a faith-based community dedicated to sharing the gospel and giving forward.

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