What is 28 days of faith and food? This month we pledge to seek a more balanced approach to food as enjoyment and fuel. Together we will discover delicious recipes, healthy tips and find a little food for thought as we dive into the Bible to discover a little more of what God says regarding food.
_______________________________________________________ Before we begin I suggest reading Genesis 3 to get a little background on the topic we’ll be discussing.
The scene is set. A beautiful garden, a lovely young girl. Wandering through the garden seemingly aimless, uncertain of what to do next she is met by a friend or so she thinks. This friend convinces her to try something that she knows is forbidden, he convinces her it will do no harm.
This moment filled with temptation, seduction and pressure. We’ve all had a moment like this. A day when we’ve been trying to eat right and a friend hands us a donut saying it can’t hurt, it’s only one day. A moment when a magazine ad caught our eye and those Oreos with rainbow frosting suddenly became irresistible. We know the rules. We know to avoid processed food. We know to limit our portions. Yet when we enter society there is so much around us, so much to tempt us and seduce us. How can we possibly resist?
When we look at the story of Eve and this forbidden fruit we see that ultimately she makes a choice. She chooses to take that bite, chooses to give in to the pressure that surrounds her. We also have to make that choice. Temptations today may not come in the form of an apple or a pomegranate, they might come in a bag of kettle chips or a slice of pound cake, but they are real. The choices might not have the eternal consequences that Eve faces but they do come with consequences. Each morsel of food has the potential to provide our bodies with antioxidants, nutrients and healthy calories it needs to keep going. Our choices affect how we feel and function in this world.
In a way it’s rather humbling to realize how little things have changed over time. To realize that temptation is still such a force in our modern lives when things are supposed to be easier and experts have all the answers. We are told what to eat, what not to eat and how much of everything. In all of the rigidity, in all of the rules it would seem that we’ve forgotten something very important. God has given us food to eat and enjoy. In the story of Adam and Eve there is only one tree that’s off limits, we’ve got the whole world to explore and enjoy.
There is so much available to us in the world. So many fruits and vegetables, beans and lentils and so much more. God has given us a world of food to explore and discover. Unfortunately we’ve lost sight of how appealing this food is, we’ve discovered ways to change and manipulate God’s gift to us to create some pretty unhealthy things. It’s time to take our food back.
This week as we make our food choices we need to listen for our serpents, for the voices in our heads that attempt to sway us and drag us in directions we don’t wish to go. We want to make healthy choices from foods that are given to us by God. This week the goal is to discover the rest of the food in the garden, to find the things Eve overlooked when she was seduced by the forbidden fruit.
As you head out this week to do your shopping pick up a fruit or vegetable you’ve never had before, grab some beans if you’ve never used them and experiment with the gifts in God’s garden. If the ingredient list is a mile long or you don’t know what an ingredient is, put it back. This week we embrace the food that God has given us. This week we’re going back to the garden. As we go through the week I’m will post some recipes as I experiment myself and if you have any great culinary success let me know and I’ll post a link here. We’re all in this together!
Faith and Food Challenge:
Every week I thought I would add in an extra challenge for those who are interested. This week’s Faith and Food Challenge comes from Michael Pollan who says “If you’re not hungry enough to eat an apple, you’re probably not hungry.” This week every time we’re about to mindlessly munch or grab a few crackers we should ask ourselves if we want an apple. If I’m not hungry enough for an apple, I’m probably not hungry.