Food, Disciplined Eating, and Theology

Not much time for anything new today so here is a Throwback Thursday post I think readers who missed it the first time might find interesting.

Since I have been posting about Whole 30 for the past two weeks and becoming increasingly aware of the link between disciplined eating and Christian life lately, I have been finding the Theology of Health series by my blogging friend Jim over at Domain for Truth particularly fascinating.

If you continuously make decisions that erode your health, over time you will physically be unable to walk or take care of yourself, which diminishes your capacity to glorify God and serve your neighbor as yourself, while also putting an unnecessary burden on those around you. Being undisciplined in your eating would fall into the category of the sluggard or glutton talked about in Proverbs:

  • The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied. Proverbs 13:4

I have long thought (perhaps I was justifting my own bad choices) that we have complete freedom in what we should and should not eat and, to a certain degree anyway, we do. But I never thought being undisciplined with their eating could make someone a sluggard and/or glutton.

Make no mistake here, I was a big time glutton before, and I mean big time. But since telling people what they should eat was a bit too legalistic and judgemental for my taste I have always put food in the “to each his own” category.

I mean, makes no nevermind to me if someone choses to drink a dozen Diet Cokes a day, eat at McDonald’s all the time, put ketchup on a well done steak…This is America, isn’t it? I’ll do me and you do you. You know, no one needs or wants the “food police” trampling on their personal liberties, right? They don’t and I don’t either, really.

But, as I said in another post, old dogs can learn new tricks. Jim’s post, further explains [emphasis added].

Figuring out how to mortify your flesh through dietary practices is sage advice and it is in no way legalistic. Arbitrarily restricting caffeine or chocolate from your diet does not make you more conformed into the image of Christ. However, denying your flesh to improve your health so you can glorify God and better serve your neighbor DOES make you more conformed to the image of Christ. Not eating foods that your body is allergic to or causes “brain fog” is basically wise. But how much greater is the motivation when you abstain from these foods so you can better memorize scripture or put yourself in a better mood to joyfully serve your spouse and children.

Amazing I have never thought about food like this before.

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