Gleanings is my monthly “link love” post where I share some of the interesting articles I’ve come across the past month.
The following articles seem to be all food-centric. Perhaps I’m preparing my mind for the wealth of material that will be coming out of the Reformation of Food and Family Conference next week. (No, I’m not going. Yes, I wish I was.)
Calories–remember this–are never your enemy. Processed foods are your enemy–the enemy of your health and weight and well-being.
Beef conventionally raised on high-fructose corn and fed hormones and antibiotics, is the issue–and a big issue. Of course if you compare conventional meat to fresh vegetables, vegetables will come out ahead. But if you compare grass-fed meat rich in vitamins, minerals, and omega-3 fatty acids, to conventional wheat sandwich bread, the meat will come out ahead. People (and producers) don’t define their terms but make it sound like eating vegetarian is the end-all answer.
Yes, being part of the ‘consumer society’ seems to be working pretty well for us. As Christians, we might even remember to bless God for such abundance on occasion. But when we ceased to be producers, what exactly did we give up? Why did our ancestors who worked the land have an innate sense of Godly purpose and satisfaction that many of their descendants seem to lack? Could there be spiritual connotations in the natural growing cycle that serve a deeper purpose than to provide us with the means of maintaining these perishable bodies of clay?
God created food, our need for food, and our continual need for food so that we would be continually honoring and glorifying Him by acknowledging His goodness, and His greatness and his blessings in our lives…. We live in a day and age when the industrial system has directed people off the land, into cities and suburbs, and assumed the role of Provider-God in our modern society. In so doing, the industrial system has usurped God’s glory. Praise be to the industrial system, is the modern attitude.