Food: I’m going to be blunt and just say it. We have made food a major sin problem. Food was one of the things that God created for Adam and Eve to enjoy in the Garden of Eden. And they most likely did not need to eat the fruit since their source of life was God. However, since sin came into the world, food is one of the necessities of life.
God gave us food not only to live but also to enjoy. Yet if you haven’t noticed, we enjoy it a little too much. 40.4% of women, 35% of men, 29.5% of girls, and 29.7% of boys in the US are obese. (stats from World Obesity Federation 2013-14). We don’t eat because we are hungry. We eat because we are bored, stressed, and highly addicted to the taste. Eating is a major part of celebrations and holidays, culture traditions, and social events. And we have all heard, “eat your plate because children are starving in Africa.” What? Who even started that phrase? Eat everything regardless if you are full because some child won’t get any food. It’s almost an insult when you really think about it. Waste the food by shoving it down your own throat just so you don’t feel guilty that someone somewhere won’t have a meal tonight. C’mon.
Oh and speaking of wasting food…..do you know that we waste 50% of food grown, prepared, served? 50%. I’m guilty myself; we all are. But I wanted to puke after hearing that and then listening to an agriculture company (which I will not name) explain why they believe genetically-modifying food is absolutely necessary: because we won’t have enough food to feed the 9.7 billion people by 2050, according to the UN.
I’m not here to give you my opinion on GMO foods. (although it is a little “trying to be God” when you watch how they extract the DNA from strawberries or change the DNA of corn so that worms won’t eat it). My point here is that at this conference I attended, basically in the same sentence I heard how much food is wasted, there’s too many people in this world, and therefore, we need to create more food. Ok. But how about making strides to re-purpose or prevent food waste so that we can take that 50% and feed the kids who are starving in Africa. We either over stuff our faces….or we waste it. This is a problem. And honestly, we can try to do everything right, but it won’t ever go away until Jesus Christ comes back and redeems this earth.
My question to you then is this: what can you personally do about this problem of stuffing or wasting? It would be an interesting challenge to calculate how much money we personally waste in food. That would include both the amount we eat more than our bodies physically need (stuffing) and and the amount thrown out that we bought but didn’t eat (wasting). Then give that estimated amount to our local homeless shelter.
Or is food a source of sin to you in another way? I could go on and on with several other examples of how Satan uses food to destroy us instead of bring blessing. Enjoy the wonderful and delicious food that God has given you but ask the Spirit to show you if food is an idol and/or is destroying your health because of personal choices.
Sex: “Really, Christina?” Yep. I’m on a soap box roll, so I might as well keep going. This topic is an awkward one and no one wants to talk about it. I grew up in the generation where no one talked about the s-e-x word. But it needs to be talked about because Satan has taken the shiny fruit of beautiful, God-given gift of sex and DESTROYED it. And I know that you have noticed this apple being a major source of sin outside marriage and how God intended it to be.
I have recently been so burdened by how destructive sex has become in our world. I literally wept and wept the other week crying out to God regarding this issue. If I could have washed Jesus’ feet with my tears, they would have been clean over and over again. I cried out for..
…my dear friends who have been sexually abused, used, raped.
….my husband who has to daily fight temptation when he goes to the store or is on his computer and an ad pops up when he is researching film equipment.
….the thousands of women and children who are forced into sex slavery all over the world, and maybe right in your neighborhood.
….my little boy who has to grow up and face his own temptations.
….my beautiful little girl who is becoming not so little anymore and is growing up to be looked upon as a sex object.
…my new friends who dance at the strip club where I minister.
Since I have a growing intense compassion for anyone a part of Satan’s destruction of sex, this past year I became involved with a local ministry at a church in Indianapolis called, Unconditional. Once a month, we divide up into teams and head out to 7 different clubs in Indy bringing gifts to all the employees, specifically reaching the dancers. Our mission: “to unconditionally love women in the sex industry with the love of Christ, to empower and encourage them on their journey, and equip them for a full and healthy life.” Jesus went to the sick who needed a Savior. Many of these girls will not step foot in a church, so we, the Church, are going to them. I have been so blessed and humbled by this ministry. God is moving in the Indianapolis strip clubs!
When I was weeping, I thought abut how sex is a gift that God gave us to enjoy only here on earth. I mentioned this to Brett and this was his response: Everything about marriage is a beautiful picture of Christ (the Groom) and the Church (the Bride). That includes God’s gift of sex. The enjoyment that a husband and wife experience during sex is a foretaste of the heavenly bliss, the ultimate ecstasy that the Church will experience in heaven. So why wouldn’t Satan attack and seek to destroy one of the most beautiful moments that God has given us to experience?
And Satan has done exactly that. And this is why I will fight to preserve this gift by waging war on my knees in prayer, teaching my children biblical truth over the world’s lies, showing love to a dancer, and sponsoring a child to meet his needs and rescue him from the evils of sex slavery.
Food and sex: 2 necessities of life. 2 choices. Obey God and take a bite that brings life and blessing or follow the ways of Satan and take a bite which will steal, kill, and destroy.