Several of you raised the issue of allergies. Thank you. I too have numerous family members and close friends with intolerances, and it is my joy to cook for them what they can eat. Though subject to the same rules of love, this body intolerance is not the same issue as the soul intolerance I’m addressing.
Oh dear. If you thought that one was inflammable, this one’s really over the top.
Premise 2: All food is toxic.
If you eat it, you will die. And if you do not eat it, you will die.
Huh? you object. It’s not the food that kills you. Perhaps not. There’s a fascinating study out that oxygen, in the end, is what destroys our bodies. Who knows? It may be oxygen. Or sleeping. (Everyone who sleeps dies.) Or taking baths. Or drinking.
Very well then, it is not the food that kills you. It’s the being human and needing to eat. Either way, if you eat, you will die. Mortality rates are 100%.
Premise 2: All food is toxic.
Premise 2: No amount of healthy eating can save you from sickness and death.
Have you come to terms with this?
Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. By all means, serve yourself, your family and your guests what is good. But remember that He cares more that His temple is filled with love and grace than that it is filled with the purest ingredients. Especially when you eat at their house.
Premise 3: I doubt that Jesus the Fearless, the one who ate with publicans and sinners, the one who sent his messengers out with strict instructions to eat and drink whatever was served them (read it here), sneaked covert glances at their ingredient labels in the back kitchen before the meal. I cannot imagine Paul the Brave, the one who said Eat what’s set before you without raising questions of conscience, asking his host whether or not the butter contained trans fat.
I cannot imagine either of them bringing anything to the table but a hungry body, a cheerful spirit, and a thankful heart—better recipes for health than any amount of picky eating.
Jesus, of course, you say; but isn’t He a little different? His body is immortal.
So is yours.
Or rather, your body is destined for the same thing His was: unavoidable illness, death by mortality, and renewal into incorruptible radiance. You are mortal. Nothing you eat can save you. You are immortal. Nothing you eat can hurt you.
Premise 4: Jesus sent His disciples into the world to live fearlessly. He told them they could walk through deep waters and not be overwhelmed. He told them they could pass through fire and not be burned. He told them they could walk on snakes and scorpions and not be poisoned. (He really said this. Read it here. He said, and I quote, Nothing will harm you.) But don’t forget to watch out for the high fructose corn syrup, He whispered. Against that, your body doesn’t stand a chance.
Can you imagine anything so ludicrous? In His power, we are freed from fear and mortality. There is nothing out there to get us anymore. The One who rose from the dead defeated all the bad guys.
Your times are in His hands. You will die when your work is done.
Until then, go skydiving. Ride whooping down rivers of raging rapids. Drink deeply of uncooked eggnog, if that’s what they serve–uncooked eggnog and joy.
Live without fear.