Thursday, September 16, 2010

What are your ingredients?



I'm helping to organize a luncheon for a big crowd. Many of the people have dietary restrictions. I'm on the committee to provide food for those who can't have peanuts, or corn, or eggs, or gluton. It is amazing how many foods or additives people have to avoid or risk getting very sick.
We decided to cut out the ingredient lists from the labels and post them next to each dish. It won't be very elegant, but it will be safe.
It occurred to me that it is a good rule of thumb to check the ingredients of the things we put into our minds and bodies, and spirit in this worldly world.
So where is the list of things that don't poison?

Philippians 4:8
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
(NIV)

5 comments:

Sierra said...

That is my life verse.Sierra

Donita K. Paul said...

I have a backward verse. If you're curious, go to http://donitakpaul.com/author/verse.html

s1d3r3us said...

(I'm just a fan reading this blog and felt the need to comment.)

I actually wrote my thesis for my theology degree on this very subject. My proposal was that Christians should teach eating organically and pure in order to treat our bodies with the respect of being temples of the Holy Spirit. I did a great deal of scientific research on various ingredients, such as food coloring and high fructose corn syrup, and included it in my thesis in order to explain the harm they do to our bodies and our psychological mindset as a mass of people. I explained why the FDA approves ingredients that lead to health problems, including cancer, in people. Some of my professors were not supportive of my thesis; they purposefully drank soda while I presented my thesis to make their point. Sigh. Other professors were extremely interested and decided to further my research for their own consideration.

I would also like to add that I am allergic to corn. I have not been able to eat at our church potlucks my whole life because of a lack of awareness as to food allergies. I normally bring my own food for myself (of course I make some to share with everyone else too - and I purposefully make food that is safe for most people with allergies), which I'm perfectly happy to do.

I'm very happy that an awareness of food is starting to spread. Thank you, Mrs. Paul, for your conscientiousness! It is very encouraging to know that there are those in the Christian community who are responding to the need for "safe" foods. I hope others will continue in your example. =)

Donita K. Paul said...

It does seem that there are more and more food sensitivities. But hey! The banqueting table in Heaven will contain nothing but safe food.

Julie Garmon said...

Love this. I have Celiac and can't eat wheat or gluten. Great tie in to our spiritual selves. Now, to guard my thoughts as well as I guard my food intake.