MOTIVATION MONDAY: Faith and Food
From Genesis Chapter 1: Then God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you; and to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the sky and to every thing that moves on the earth which has life, I have given every green plant for food”; and it was so.
From Matthew Chapter 6: Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
Happy Monday Guys!
Today, after a three hour lecture on Jane Eyre, I went to Starbucks to study Luther’s Catechism. I spent much longer than I thought I would, and still only got through his short preface. I really want to read this in detail.
The preface made me change what I wanted to blog about today, and I am therefore retreating to my opinion on faith, food, and how they intermix.
In the first chapter of Genesis, God ‘s Word expels the idea that He has given us plenty of fruit and seed and food from the ground to eat. There are also over 70 passages mentioning the making of bread from wheat.
Matthew has astonishing insight into modern American culture, which can often seem quite self-obsessed/fulfilling. In researching it can be found that while that notion exists, and while social media can be a world of selfies, human beings are generally not self-obsessed, and the vast majority of us would say our number one goal in life is to help others.
I have always thought that the above passage from Matthew Chapter 6 was written for those with eating disorders. Ed has devoted much, much, much too much of my precious time thinking about what I will and won’t eat. And yes, I want to scream, Is not life more than food?
At the same time, I think a passion for food and nutrition is, obviously, absolutely valid and quite fantastic. I myself have an extreme love of cooking, baking, and presenting food, and that is not going away, nor do I think God is unhappy with this passion. I also believe that, with regard to the passage from Genesis, we were built to eat primarily whole, unprocessed foods, and this is what my body feels good on. God gave us food to fuel us in order to carry out His Works. It’s as simple as that. We need lots of it, and are meant to enjoy it.
I wish it were that simple to my eating disorder. However, as I have stated time and time again, eating disorders are not about food, but are neurological, primarily genetic mental illnesses that are more like addictions in which manipulation of food is a sort of coping mechanism.
Let your passions flourish in a way that you are worshipping the Lord. Also, read Luther’s Catechism.