If Jesus were living today, what would he eat? Would he eat a Big Mac? How about a Coke or Pepsi? What about doughnuts? Or would he be a vegetarian?
In his day, Jesus certainly ate fish, as we see in the gospels when he was resurrected. He was also Jewish, so we would expect him to have certain restrictions on some foods.
My point is a little different: would Jesus or anyone living during the first century even recognize the food we eat today? What would he make of snacks in a vending machine? French fries? Big Mac?
I started this blog because I learned a lot during my fight against cancer in the past two years, including that if your are not healthy, just doing normal things like going to the store can become major obstacle.
We need to take a look at what we eat today. I agree with author Michael Pollan that most of the food that’s sold today is not food! Yet America has a problem with obesity? Amazing.
I was glad to see that Saddleback Church, pastored by Rick Warren, started The Daniel Plan to try and get their members to live healthier lives. He focused on Daniel because in Daniel 1, he refused to eat the food in the king’s palace and instead only ate vegetables.
I believe God made all the food we need today, including meat. But we’ve changed everything from its “source,” so to speak. Many food today is processed and far removed from its original state.
For example, God made cows to roam in a pasture and eat grass. That’s not what they do today on their way to your kitchen table (or fastfood drive-through window). They eat corn instead and stand in stalls in conditions they were not meant to be in.
As books such as Fast Food Nation show, what we eat today is far removed from the simple way of eating God intended. (See the Food Inc preview below.) Now, companies have found ways to genetically alter food!
The question of what would Jesus eat is really a set-up! The real question is are we getting the nutrition our body needs the way God intended or have we processed our food so much, introduced so many man-made chemicals that we are not eating what are bodies need?
Worse yet, are we introducing hormones and altering our food that it is harming us? Although this blog isn’t about food, I do think that unless we start reexamining how we eat, we’ll continue to face a “Goliath” that we created ourselves.
(Part of this post appears in my book so if you like this post, you’ll love the book!)