Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God. They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright.
Save, LORD: let the king hear us when we call.
Psalm 20: 7-9
What do Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny have in common? They are both fictional characters created by man. Intentionally or not, they each take our eyes off the real purpose of the religious holiday: the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ. It has become increasingly evident to me that in every aspect of life there is something out there trying to take our eyes off Jesus, and divert our attention away from God.
Take food, for example. Have you considered how today’s modern foods have caused us to lose touch with our God and Creator? We have not only lost touch with God, but we have lost our trust in Him as well. Yes, yes we trust God in many ways. Namely we trust God for our salvation — and this is of absolute, utmost importance. Praise God for our savior, Jesus Christ, His son! But there is one significant way in which we have strayed far, far away from God: FOOD.
Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him…
Since the beginning of time, God has provided food for His people. And through his design, food is our source of physical nourishment. It is also the means by which we celebrate, mourn, and nurture. When we are happy, we feast. When we are sad, we come together and eat. When we are sick, we offer food to each other. Throughout the Bible we see examples of people coming together to feast for all occasions. One incredible, important use for food, seen over and again in the Bible, is that good food prepares the body to hear the word of God. Consider the Last Supper, where Jesus and his disciples were eating together. Food brings people together, and brings them closer to God. God created it that way.
The Bible is filled with comparisons between food and spiritual truths. Just as food is our source for physical nourishment, Jesus is our source for spiritual nourishment. God uses food and farming repeatedly as examples to help people understand His words. But if we don’t understand the basics about food, how it is grown, and where it comes from, then we are at a distinct disadvantage in truly understanding God’s words.
Let me take that a step farther. We not only don’t understand where our food comes from, but we don’t even believe that it’s good for us, good to eat, or safe to eat. We have lost our trust in God’s ability to provide nourishing, safe food.
God tells us in Genesis 1:31, “And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.” At what point did God’s creation stop being good? When Adam and Eve were banished from the Garden? Nonsense!
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Tell me this: for those of you who trust God with the salvation of your soul, how does it make sense to deny the goodness of the food that God created just for you?
I know that doctors, scientists, and nutritionists are all telling us one thing. They are united in telling us that the food God created is dangerous and will kill you. They have a massive campaign and have developed all manner of specialized foods to advance their agenda. This is a multi-million dollar industry. There are special diets, there are rules, and everyone is telling you something different. But in the end, the result is the same: it takes us farther and farther away from God’s creation, and instead, glorifies the things that man has done. We fall for this hook, line, and sinker because these people are specialists in their field. They are scientists therefore they must know what they’re talking about.
Now tell me this: how is this different than a genius scientist telling us that there is no God, or that man evolved from apes? Or an archeologist telling us that the Bible is a fraud? As Christians we know that isn’t true because we have faith in our God, that what He says is true. Why is it that we trust one scientist but not the other? I’m telling you it is the same principle. We trust God with our salvation yet don’t trust him to give us safe, nourishing food. Instead, we put our trust in scientists, companies, and even physicians and nutritionists, who tell us that God’s foods aren’t safe. So while we go around telling the world that we trust God for our salvation, we look the other way when it comes to eating the foods he created for us to eat. How does this make sense?
Which brings me back to Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny – creations of man that ultimately take our eyes off Jesus. You see, there is a lot of information out there. For every issue, there are volumes of dissenting information and opinions. When it comes to issues that might turn our hearts toward God, the information battle grows that much fiercer in attempts to keep us from looking toward him, the author and finisher of our faith. And in the case of food, man — intentionally or not — has deceived us into believing that God’s creation is not only dangerous, but also bothersome, smelly, dirty, disgusting, and not good enough for the educated people that we think we are.
Please go back and think about that for a moment.
There are many valid reasons for the gradual decline of our society, but I truly believe that one of them is that we have grown too far away from the source of our food. The Bible frequently refers to seasons, gardening, animals, and food as it teaches us about God. When we don’t understand those basic aspects of life – when we actually think those things are disgusting — how can we understand the word of God? As we have allowed scientists and companies to draw us away from the farm, we have gradually lost our trust in God’s ability to create safe, nourishing food. We trust Him for our salvation, but not for nourishing food. Instead of God, we have put our trust in diet plans, surgeries, prescriptions, supplements, modern processing, modern farming, and even science – all of which take our eyes off Jesus and instead profit and glorify man while harming God’s creation.
Man’s ways are burdensome, yet Jesus promises in Matthew 11, “My yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” When we simply eat food that God created, the way He created it, we won’t need the rules, restrictions, confusing diet plans and conflicting information coming at us from all sides. We are free!
Please don’t misunderstand what I am saying. Science is good. Many scientists have found that their work actually leads them to a stronger faith in God. Doctors are good people – I married one. Businessmen, nutritionists, and even lawmakers are good people as well. The scientists who are busily re-engineering our food truly don’t have evil intent. But as Christians we must always be discerning because there are wolves out there in sheep’s clothing. I’m not talking about evil people. I am talking about allowing these aspects of our modern society, as harmless as they may appear, to subtly take our eyes and eventually our trust away from God. This can be in any number of ways, including food.
What is in your pantry? What are you feeding your children? Are these foods that man created, or God? Are you teaching your children to honor their Creator and trust Him by the way they eat? Are you laughing and saying, “It’s just food! Come on!” Do you love your processed foods? Do they bring you comfort? Do you really think that’s good?
These things are of great concern to me. I believe they should concern you too. It isn’t just food. It is more than a choice. It is an entire way of looking at life, at God, and his incredibly deep love for you.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. And I will be found of you, saith the LORD: and I will turn away your captivity…
Jeremiah 9: 11-14
God sent his one and only son to this earth as a sacrifice and atonement for your sins. How could he love you so much to do this, yet not feed you safe and healthy food as well?
God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us; Selah.
That thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations….
Let the people praise thee, o God; let all the people praise thee.
Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God, even our own God, shall bless us.
God shall bless us; and all the ends of the earth shall fear him.
Psalm 67:1-2, 5-7