Your fridge is a powerful god. I know this might not be a popular theory and you might not see yourself as a person of religion, but I bet you will worship at the the boxy white altar on more than one occasion today.
We turn to him when we are hungry or thirsty. We turn to him when we are bored. Upset. Confused. We just drop in as we pass by without being entirely sure why we are there, as just looking in the door gives us comfort. Are there any other gods that you have turned to so regularly for help?
If the power of a god relates directly to the amount of believers and the regularity of worship, the fridge is a mighty god indeed.
Some would say that it is a sign of the decline of society that we spend our time worshipping a factory manufactured god packed with consumer goods. I think that it is a good thing we are worshipping an inanimate object that is not inclined to stir the great unwashed into rebellion! Having said that I am sure the sight of an empty fridge is a thing that easily sows the seeds of discontent.
There are various incarnations of this god and in that way it is very much like the personal gods of long ago. This god can be large or small. It can be shiny and make ice or just wait rustily in the shed for your mates to come around for a beer.
We have an old fridge handed down by my parents when they upgraded theirs years ago. It has many magnets keeping things that are important to us close to the god as well. School canteen menus, pictures done by the kids, the phone number for the firewood man, a photo of the dog when he was a puppy (to remind us how much we loved that cute little thing when he was tiny and to stop me killing him now when he digs up the grass). The top is piled messily with sacrifices; containers of fish food, half empty tubes of glue, souvenir stubbie holders etc. This collection of offerings show anyone that cares to look what our family is like. A brightly shining stainless steel fridge would be an anomaly here. Nevertheless, the shiny god and the messy god function in the same way. Without him our homes are incomplete.
There are worse things to worship than the fridge. This is a god that doesn’t tell you how to live or who to hate. It is content amongst your family and when consulted remains quiet allowing you to find the answer within.