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What Can I Eat?

I am a bumbling buffoon who has an inability to be able to discern what food I should eat versus what food I should avoid at all cost.  That is exactly what the government seems to be saying lately.  Over the years the “food police” have been more active requiring all kinds of nutritional information to be posted on the packaging of foods, banned food, and established the amount of food I should consume because I am this bumbling buffoon.  There is a proposal now that would require this information on the menu boards of fast food restaurants which could be extended to movie theaters and even drive thru menu boards.

This “policing” effort has gone so far that a Chicago area school has banned parents from giving their children a sack lunch.  The principal has said, “Nutrition wise, it is better for the children to eat at the school,”.  Needless to say many parents are upset about this edict.  But why are they upset?  This form of forced and coerced food restrictions has been practiced for centuries without many having anything to say except “Oh, it’s Friday”. Continue reading » What Can I Eat?

Solid Food: Fasting

Nothing is more of a distraction to me than hunger. When I consider that some people purposely abstain from food in hopes of focusing their minds and energy, I must admit a lack of comprehension.

Fasting is a Bible matter, though decidedly more so in the Old Testament than the New. Jesus says a few words of regulation, but there exists no evidence that God intended to bind a form of fasting upon Christians.

Many people today claim they are rediscovering the power of fasting to better their lives and clear their minds to commune more effectively with God. Perhaps this is so; still fasting remains a matter of personal discretion and should not be used a test of fellowship among the saints. Although he spoke originally of vegetarianism and not fasting, the words of Paul are appropriate here due to context: “Let not him who eats despise him who does not eat, and let not him who does not eat judge him who eats, for God has received him” (Romans 14:3). “But food does not commend us to God; for neither if we eat are we the better, nor if we do not eat are we the worse” (1 Corinthians 8:8). While he was not speaking of fasting in particular, he reminds us that the kingdom of God is not meat or drink (Romans 14:17) and that fasting is no part of the worship of the assembled church or an obligation even of the individual. Continue reading » Solid Food: Fasting