19 Listen, my son, and be wise,
and set your heart on the right path:
20 Do not join those who drink too much wine
or gorge themselves on meat,
21 for drunkards and gluttons become poor,
and drowsiness clothes them in rags.
1. The Reality
Even in America 20 years ago, compared to now, we were following this Bible verse. But now, meat has become a big scam that our government uses our tax dollars to make meat cheaper. They give money towards planting Genetically Modified Organisms, plants, to feed the meat; which is not the food God intended animals to eat; from the beginning, He intended cows to eat grass. We music folk even know this “ACEG” (All Cows Eat Grass). The notes on the bass clef staff. Well, I hate to break it to you, but this is no longer true. All Cows Eats Genetically(modified food). It’s now become All Cows Should Eat Grass.
So why do we eat so much food? One, it is how America tells us to eat. But we are not of this world (Romans 12:2).
Additionally, in the old days, animals were eating what they were made to eat, not being pumped full of antibiotics, chemicals, and food they aren’t created to be able to digest. Just as God didn’t create us to have an enzyme to digest red meat! That’s right, red meat isn’t digestable by humans! Wouldn’t that be a clear sign not to eat it?
Philippians 3:19-21 speaks against the American view of eating saying don’t make your god your belly. Don’t get me wrong, I am a 90% vegan, for good reason. I enjoy trying new foods and flavors. But you can find out how a delectable dessert or piece of meat tastes in just one bite! Anything past that seems to me like something King Solomon would say in Ecclesiastes: ‘grasping for wind’. When we take a bite of something delicious, the first thing we think is “More!” so we go for it. It has been pumped in our mind from our culture: Bigger/more is better.
That’s a horrible thing to think! Unless your eating straight up vegetables. So why are we as a nation destroying God’s temple? (1 Corinthians 3:16-17) Ultimately, we need to be clothing ourselves with Christ, not gratifying the desires of our flesh. (Romans 13:14)
1 Corinthians 10:31: So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
2. The Solution
I offer up a solution:
In our state of sin and desire, we don’t eat anything that doesn’t taste good, even if it is good for us. There is a constant battle between eating what we want and what we need. Most of the time, it’s what we want. But what if there was a way to eat what we need with the help of something we want? Almost as a catalyst for what we need. Let’s be honest, no one likes eating straight up lettuce, I only do it sometimes because I make myself. But put even a little bit of melted cheese on top of a huge raw salad and I’m all over it. In our sinful culture, sometimes a wee bit of “sin” in our food ends up causing more benefits than harm to our bodies.
Be adventurous and know that the things that aren’t possible with man are possible with God(Mark 10:27). He can help us curb our culturally driven gluttony as we deny our selfish desires and give more up to him. (John 3:30)