Americans are now bigger and unhealthier than ever. Obesity, diabetes and heart disease rates are skyrocketing like never before, and there can be little doubt that lack of good nutrition is the cause. We have become a nation of people committing a slow, nutritional suicide. Even children under the age of 10 are now suffering the effects of our bad nutritional choices and habits. In our busy and chaotic lives, we as a society have chosen a dangerous path that is rapidly catching up to us. Is it too late to reverse what’s been done? Have we crossed the nutritional event horizon of no return?
Spiritually, there has been a large divide between Biblical Christianity and natural health. The chasm between these two are often so extreme that one would think they are mutually exclusive. It certainly doesn’t help that many churches are known too well for their unhealthy potluck dinners. Christ-followers are often focused so much on their spiritual lives that their natural health is ignored. While it’s true that focusing on our physical bodies can become an obsession, as witnessed through pop culture and the entertainment industry, our bodies are still ‘the temple of the Holy Spirit’ (1 Corinthians 6:19).
Fellowship between believers is a necessity for spiritual growth, and since Biblical times, this has often centered around eating. It’s often more convenient in today’s world following a church function to go out to eat some place, God forbid a buffet restaurant, than it is to opt for another alternative. Eating out has become a cultural norm when spending time with family, friends, and going on dates. Unfortunately, it’s much too easy to select a popular restaurant known for it’s nutritionally deficient food saturated with high quantities of MSG, high fructose corn syrup, aspartame, and other unhealthy additives. Many restaurants and food manufacturers in America use these harmful ingredients.
The majority of the US food supply is controlled by a handful of corporations that have less than our best interests at heart. Due to the large number of commercialized fast-food and store products that contribute to obesity and disease, it would be wise for one to mostly avoid any food advertised on television. It’s no wonder that the most unhealthy foods at any grocery store are the cheapest, and the healthiest are the most expensive. The positive part of all this is that more and more Christians, and people in general, are becoming increasingly aware of natural health and good nutrition. Reading the back of food labels is becoming a regular practice for shoppers. The popularity of organic food is greater than ever, as is the rise of health food stores. Many mainstream grocery outlets also now have organic food sections. There needn’t be a divide between following Jesus, and eating right. The two should go side by side, as God intended them to be.