What is the truth about we eat? We know why dairy products, vegetables, and fruits are good for us. We know “junk” foods- cookies, chips, ice creams- are bad for us. But why? What makes these things bad for us? Is it just the sugar? Is it the fat? I would like to explain the “why.” And what made me want to research a Biblical diet.
My mom’s chiropractor is Dr. Kim Harmon. The summer and fall of 2009, Dr. Kim had a series of food seminars to educate her patients, their families, and their friends. I was invited, and what things I learned! It was overwhelming, but it made sense. Some of it went over my head until I started doing my own research, some of it I understood right away. After eating a “whole foods” diet for a few months, Danny and I both noticed the difference in how we felt. We had energy. We felt better. I lost weight eating as much as I wanted. What made the difference? I am convinced it was our diet. My desire to share my lifestyle with others was what prompted months of research. I’ve been researching what Dr. Kim taught, and I’ve learned so much more. My desire to share my research comes from why I eat the way I do.
- As a Christian, my body is a temple. 1 Corinthians 6:19, 20- “What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” If I am to glorify God in my body, shouldn’t I go beyond making myself presentable and also eat healthy foods? “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” I Corinthians 3:16. What about gluttony? The Bible clearly teaches against it. Proverbs 23:1,2 says “When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before thee: And put a knife to thy throat if thou be a man given to appetite.”
- My body is also a slave. 1 Corinthians 9:27, “But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.” Subjection literally means “to be a slave-driver; to enslave; to bring into bondage.” I am to bring my body into bondage. This means that when you really want that fourth cupcake, you are to take control and NOT eat it. What kind of a testimony are if you are a shut-in because the only way you can leave the house is if they break a whole in the wall and rent a crane? I am a SLAVE. “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” Romans 12:1. Service means “ministration to God, as in worship.” It is my reasonable ministration to God to present my body a living sacrifice. Think Old Testament with me for a second. To atone for your sins, you are to present a spotless lamb to God. You are in restraining that lamb, correct? It isn’t running around, doing whatever it wants- you are in charge. How can I present myself as a sacrifice if I am not in control of myself? If I am not watching what I say, where I go, what I do- what I eat?
- Not only am I a temple and a slave, I am a vessel. II Timothy 2:20, 21.“But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.” God wants to use me! It doesn’t matter what my strengths and weaknesses are, God has a purpose for me. My job is to stay clean and to want to be used. Colossians 3:23 is a verse that we teach to young children. “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;” Everything comes right down to doing everything you do for God. Don’t do it because it will impress your friends. Don’t do it because somebody told you it is good for you. Do it because you firmly believe it is what God wants you to do.
As Christians, we know what we shouldn’t do with our bodies. Most have heard the saying, “I don’t drink, smoke, or chew and I don’t run with those that do,” but have we thought it about it any more than that? Drinking affects your mind, internal organs, and how you act. Smoking isn’t good for you; it harms your lungs and brain. It also affects your lips, mouth, tongue, and teeth. Chewing tobacco does basically the same as smoking. What is the first thing we say when we find out that someone has lung cancer? “They have lung cancer, but they smoked their whole life.” We tend to see it as paying the penalty for their sin. We tend to look on those who have a liver disease (because of drinking) as paying the penalty for their sin. But what about those who have problems related to their weight? We don’t see that as a penalty.
As a temple, slave, and vessel I want to put into my body only things that will not harm it – or my testimony. We teach children the song “Oh, be careful little eyes, ears, hands, mouth, and feet.” We monitor what goes on around us and what we do – why do we not monitor how what we are eating affects us? Do we ever look down on things other than alcohol, drugs, and tobacco?