We could spend a lot of time talking about food. We could start by saying that food is used as a weapon of war. You always go after your enemies food supply. We could look into genetically modified food (Brief videos about Genetically Modified Foods > http://tr.im/lqvY). We could talk about the few corporations that now control the world food supply (Monsant +, Archer-Daniel-Midlands ADM) and the implications of having so much power in so few hands. Or we could talk about the Epistle reading this morning for it also is concerned with food.
At issue in the text is whether or not to eat foods that have been offered to idols. Another food issue in the early church was whether or not to eat pork. This is still an issue among some religious communities today. The point that Paul makes in regard to food is to not let it become a defining divisive issue.As he puts is: "Let us therefore no longer pass judgment on one another, but resolve instead never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of another. ... For the kingdom of God is not food and drink but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. The one who thus serves Christ is acceptable to God and has human approval. Let us then pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding. Do not, for the sake of food, destroy the work of God. " (Romans 14:13, 17-19)
Be aware today of what you eat. Where did it come from? Whose hands produced it? Which corporation modified it? Which company distributes it? What role did God play in its appearance upon your plate? Give thanks to God for what you have to eat. Notice your food before you eat it. Eat slowly and gain less weight. Eat thoughtfully and gain some wisdom.
Song for the day is "The Frim Fram Sauce" by Nat King Cole > http://tr.im/lqyl (via Todd Hill's suggestion)