Identity Part 4: Food ---- What Should You Eat?
Food researches have shown to be contradicting one another in recent years. Medical news about certain food has not been reliable as they differ from time to time. One research can prove that organic food is healthy while the other can prove that it is no different from non-organic.
The point is, if we want to live by the researches, we may want to consider fasting from all food eventually.
The creation has fallen since the day Adam fell. This is why the whole creation is groaning (Rom 8:19-22) and waiting for the manifestation of the sons of God. To put our trust in creation is to put our trust in the fallen world. Remember, every food after the Fall is no longer the same.
Many people including Christians live in fear of how a certain food may impact their bodies. The fear of becoming unhealthy and sick results in an open door for the enemy to attack. When we walk in fear, we give the enemy an opportunity (1 Peter 5:8).
There is nothing that enters a man from outside which can defile him; but the things which come out of him, those are the things that defile a man. - Mark 7:15
The context is talking about the traditions that the Jews were holding onto firmly. Traditions are simply beliefs that are not according to the Word. What if we apply the principle of this passage to the following verses?
...and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them... - Mark 16:18
Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. - Luke 10:19
For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving; for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer. - 1 Timothy 4:4-5
For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world — our faith. - 1 John 5:4
Fallen food is the result of the Fall. But because of the Cross, there is Redemption. We have been redeemed to the pre-Fall position and identity. We are in this world but NOT of this world. Just as we need not be subjected to sicknesses and diseases as sons and daughters of God, we need not be subjected to the effects of the fallen food.
Our trust should never be on organic/certain food, or certain health diets and programs. Our trust should be in the Redemptive works of Christ. It is finished!
Knowing and realizing our identity in Christ actually protects us from the food that we eat. If we are always concerned with the food that we eat, we have placed our identity in the wrong area.
P.S: Having said that, it is important that we don't fall into gluttony. The freedom to eat anything in moderation does not mean that we should eat more than we need. For we should be masters over our bodies, instead of slaves.