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Food for Thought

Food is a topic that is often ignored in spiritual circles, except
perhaps for the charitable practice of feeding the poor.  I’ve heard it
said that God doesn’t care what we eat, placing the emphasis on the idea
that God doesn’t care how we look, i.e., too fat or too thin.  Well
there’s a lot more to the purpose of food than just how we look, and in
my mind, there is plenty of evidence that God surely does care! 

Our physical bodies are the temple of God!  It surely does matter how we
take care of them.  Without a body, we have no way to express our
purpose on Earth.  Once our body gives out, our time in physical form is
no more.  God gave us the gift of life, and God gave us food to nourish
our physical form.

“Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?  (1 Corinthians 3:16)

We were given the perfect food to nourish our bodies in the beginning, when all was created and God saw it as good. 

And God said,
Behold, I
have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all
the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding
seed; to you it shall be for meat. And
to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every
thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given
every green herb for meat: and it was so. And God saw every thing that
he had made, and, behold, it was very good.” (Genesis 1:29-31)

The fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, grains…these are
meant to provide us our nourishment each day.  This was the original
plan.  Later we veered into other food forms, such as meat and dairy,
and still later into unrecognizable foods, such as genetically modified
food or foods so highly processed and laden with chemicals that we can’t
even read the ingredients list.  These are the ideas of men, not part
of God’s perfect plan. 

We were given free will, so we can surely eat what we’d like, but if we
defile the temple, well, quite simply put, we, in turn, shall be
destroyed.  This is the natural course.  If we eat things which are
toxic to us, it will break down our system until eventually we find
ourselves dead if we continue on in this way.

  If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the
temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.” (1 Corinthians 3:17)

Diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer,
osteoporosis…the list of food related illnesses goes on and on.  Food
is meant to nourish our bodies, with the added benefits of cleansing and
balancing our system, as well.  When we eat food that has been produced
in substandard ways, then we eat substandard food.  Perhaps we should
all review our own personal standards from time to time, hence the title
for this message today,
“Food for Thought.”

When we eat food that is altered, we settle for less than what God would
want for us to use as food.  If our bodies are the temple of God, then I
would think it befitting that we eat the very best food available for
keeping the body in exemplary shape.  God created for us the perfect
foods, in the perfect form.  So back to my original thought when I first
started this topic, why isn’t this spoken of more often in church?

BECAUSE NO ONE WANTS TO HEAR IT!  That’s why!

This week, consider what it is that you eat.  How close is it to its
original form?  Are the nutrients still all intact? Have harmful
chemicals been used in the production?  Are there non-food items in the
ingredients list?  Are there health problems associated with the foods
that you’re eating?  Were any of God’s creatures harmed in the
production?  Was the earth harmed?  Were people exploited in the
process, such as children being used as slaves to make coffee, for
instance?  Are we wasteful while others go hungry?  There are many such
questions to ask!  These are questions which deal with ethics, with
health, with the quality of that which we feed ourselves and our
families…don’t you think it’s worth thinking about?

These are certainly things which God cares about, and these are issues
which should be looked at in a spiritual light.  We have a
responsibility to take care of our bodies, and we have a responsibility
to care for the earth.  Think about the choices you make and the impact
your choices have.  We will talk more about this in the future, but for
now I just ask you to THINK.  Start reading labels, but realize there’s
much more to the story than just what is printed there.  However, that
would be a good place to start.

It’s too easy to just go to the store and buy what’s convenient to buy,
but spiritual growth is not always about convenience.  Sometimes we have
to do that which is different from what most people do.  Sometimes we
have to take the responsibility of doing that which is right.  I can’t
tell you what’s right for you, but I can tell you it’s wrong to not even
give it some thought.  Spiritual growth is about taking responsibility
for the choices we make.  What we eat has ramifications for our own
health, for that of our loved ones, for the planet, for the animals, for
ALL.

It may seem like there is something the matter with everything you are
familiar with eating.  It might seem overwhelming to you.  But there are
alternatives which are available.  Now.  In the future, if we don’t
start thinking now, it may become much harder to find food that’s fit.

Thank you for reading…and God bless your food for it’s intended purpose.  Have a wonderful week!

Vibraceous, ND

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