I recently joined a new Facebook Group called Faith & Fitness Inspired (#FFInspired). While I always have written about both faith and fitness on this blog, my blog posts usually are about faith or fitness, and I rarely consider how faith and fitness go hand-in-hand. I hope this group will inspire me take a more holistic approach to blogging and life in general, because I do believe that being healthy can serve my faith, and vice versa.
The first #FFInspired blogging prompt is this: Does God care what I put in my body?
I have a few posts that touch on this topic:
In Satisfied With Good Things, I wrote about Psalm 103, and the promise that God “satisfies [our] desires with good things.”
In Not Everything Is Beneficial, I wrote about 1 Corinthians 10: 23-31, which reminds us that “Everything is permissible— but not everything is beneficial.”
In Why Do I Do What I Do Not Want To Do? I wrote about Romans 7: 15-25, and how Paul’s frustration at his inability to stop doing things he doesn’t want to do resonates with my struggles with breaking bad habits.
But it took me a while to write this post, because I am not sure whether God cares about what I eat.
I believe that God wants the best for me, and I know that some food choices are better than others, but I don’t think God really cares whether I eat an apple or a cookie for an afternoon snack. Like Paul says in 1 Corinthians, not everything is beneficial, but I think God has bigger things to worry about.
On the other hand, maybe there is a line that I could cross when God would care what I eat. The “sin” of gluttony comes to mind, but I understand that to relate more to depriving others than simply overindulging to excess. Still, when I cross the line from eating things that are not beneficial to eating things (or quantities of things) that are harmful, maybe God does care, like any Father would.
As I contemplated this topic further, I kept returning to my fundamental understanding that God is Love. What would a God whose main wish is that we love one another care about what I eat?
The answers that came to me are uncomfortable, because I don’t abide by them.
I think God cares if the people who planted, grew, harvested, transported, packaged, and sold the food I eat are treated well and compensated fairly.
I think God cares if the animals I eat were raised and slaughtered humanely.
(Is that even possible? The only way I can live with myself not being a vegetarian is not thinking about it. 🙁 )
I think God cares if the food I eat is grown in a way that is sustainable for the environment.
So, while I would like to believe that God doesn’t care what I eat, I am not sure that I can convince myself of that anymore.
What do you think?
Does God care what you eat?
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