That pizza wasn’t as good coming up as it was going down…: Mark 7:14-30

We've all had the experience of eating something that didn't agree with us.
Sometimes we end up experiencing the meal a second time, and it’s not pleasant.
How could something that seemed really good at the time end up being so foul?
Sometimes we blame the food.  But usually it’s just us.  

It just wasn't wise to ride the double-loop Wild Mouse at the State Fair after I ate funnel cakes, a turkey leg, and two fried Snicker’s bars.  There’s nothing wrong with those things.  What was wrong was what I did with them.

Jesus said it like this, Don’t you realize that nothing going into a man from the outside can defile him?  For it doesn't go into his heart, but into his stomach…
Jesus isn't talking about funnel cakes.  He’s talking about what makes us clean and unclean.  It’s not what we put into us but what comes out of us that makes us unclean.  We can blame all the stuff we’re exposed to in life, but ultimately we are responsible for our own behavior.  And what comes out of us says everything about who we are.

In Mark 7.14-30 Jesus is very clear on this point.  But Mark goes on to talk about Jesus and a Greek woman who has a special request.
What was the woman asking for, and why was Jesus so reluctant to help her?

By the way, there’s also nothing wrong with chocolate-covered bacon.  In fact it’s awesome!  But I’m pretty sure the Pharisees wouldn't see it that way.