Health food gurus insist we cleanse our bodies with their expensive, non-food concoctions and we rush to comply. We act as if God forgot our needs when He created us. If real food is so bad wouldn’t we all be dead by now? In North America we rave about the latest health diet. “Give up wheat, stop eating potatoes, bread is bad.” How did losing weight become giving up certain foods instead of giving up extra portions? Isn’t it odd that third-world countries gratefully receive these same ‘dangerous’ foods from us and thrive on them?
Mark 7:18-19- Jesus said, “Are you being wilfully stupid? Don't you see that what you swallow can't contaminate you? It doesn't enter your heart but your stomach, works its way through the intestines, and is finally flushed.” (That took care of dietary quibbling; Jesus was saying that all foods are fit to eat (MSG.)
Of course, we can make better choices. It won’t hurt us to eat less, exercise more, fast occasionally, choose life, choose joy, declutter our junk and deal with our anger issues. We’ll really feel better then, because we got rid of that weight. We’ll have money left to help feed the hungry.
So if you are thinking of a cleanse……
Mark 7:20-23-He went on: “It's what comes out of a person that pollutes: obscenities, lusts, thefts, murders, adulteries, greed, depravity, deceptive dealings, carousing, mean looks, slander, arrogance, foolishness—all these are vomit from the heart. There is the source of your pollution (MSG).”
Prayer: Lord, we are really and truly sheep, following one another into the latest craze. Forgive us. Steer us aright. Remind us to follow you only. Thank you for all you created for us. In Christ's name. Amen.