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Food and Faith: Does God Really Care About What We Eat

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Food is not a moral issue.  So does God have time to care what we eat and drink or where our food comes from?

You might say, “God has better things to worry about than my cheeseburger,” and from a human perspective you’d be right.  We are always measuring things up one against another and judging what we deem more or less important.  We put that same mentality on God when in fact, God does not live up to our earthly standards nor is he swayed by our way of measuring right, wrong, good, bad, big or small.

Must We Avoid Certain Foods As A Rule?

In Leviticus there’s a laundry list of foods the foods deemed unclean and not to be consumed by the Israelites.  Under Levitcal law there tons of do’s and don’ts and food was included.  This was their law that was handed down from God to the Israelite.  But then we read what Jesus said:

 Again Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen to me, everyone, and understand this. Nothing outside a person can defile them by going into them. Rather, it is what comes out of a person that defiles them.”After he had left the crowd and entered the house, his disciples asked him about this parable. “Are you so dull?” he asked. “Don’t you see that nothing that enters a person from the outside can defile them? For it doesn’t go into their heart but into their stomach, and then out of the body.” (In saying this, Jesus declared all foods clean.) He went on: “What comes out of a person is what defiles them. For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and defile a person.”
~ Mark 7:14-23, emphasis mine

I believe under the law of grace, we free to eat of anything and not be deemed unclean or defiled by our Lord.

Is It Beneficial?

Paul writes, in 1 Corn 10:23, that everything is permissible but not everything is beneficial.  I believe this is the crux of many choices we make in life and is aptly relevant to our food. I wonder if Paul had any idea what these words would mean when think about 21st century foodstuffs.  Most of what we eat isn’t even really food, it’s a food-like substance.  Is this permissable, sure is (and cheaper too), but is is beneficial? Most of us no longer eat food that was created (by God) but rather food that was manufactured by man.  Before I had my food revelation 95% of what I put in my mouth was manufactured food.  More and more we learn and see that manufactured foods are not as healthy or beneficial to us as natural food created by God.

Eat for God’s Glory

As Christians we would not dispute that we should hold ourselves accountable for our speech, or dress and our behavior but many of us forget about or food.  Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit.  We should care just as much about what goes in as to what goes on.  We debate skirts or pants but do we consider Coke or Kombucha.

We should seek to educate ourselves and ask God what direction He wants us to take with our food choices.  Paleo, GAPS, Real Food, Vegan; whatever choice you make it should not be legalistic but rather because God has revealed truth to you about your food choices. Listen to your body, learn what makes you feel better or worse.

Eat as He leads you, to His glory, for your health.

eat as He leads you

Does God Care What We Eat?  I believe He does care.  I believe He wants us to take care of our temples.  When the Holy Spirit dwelled in the ark of the covenant it was treated with all respect and reverence.  How much more do you think God cares how we treat our bodies, the new dwelling place of the Holy Spirit?  We were purchased at a high price. We are not casually walking around this Earth without purpose and unnoticed.

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. ~ 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 ESV

 

 

 

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Comments

  1. One of your beginning sentences is so true, we humans measure all things because we need a point of reference. We need to know at what distance, or how much or how small or whatever in order to fully understand the meaning of the subject matter. I also believe God cares, and that he wishes that we would take his word into consideration as it has the answers for all our questions. His “playbook” is what gives us clear understanding for any subject. However, we often make this a book of opinions.
    The Lord speaks to us as individuals with clear specifics if that makes sense. I need more calcium and you may need more quiet time etc. He does in fact care, because He wants the best for us all. It is for us as individuals to read and then “consume” the word for ourselves. Along with the big 10, there are many other verses that will speak to us personality as to how to live our lives, not to merely follow the “rules of the big guy upstairs” but for our health and general benefit, just because he loves us so much! He WANTS us healthy and whole! In all things. 🙂 Linda

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