Retaliation Before Revelation
"Dear Christian, when people call you narrow minded, think twice before you fight it. You're called to the narrow path, not the wide path, or the blending in path. Your job is not to get everyone to like you or agree with you. It's to love all people, not agree with all people. It's to point people to Jesus, not let people point you away from Him. It's to be salt, not sugar."
-Jordan Lee, SoulScripts
I had absolutely no intention on posting something like this today. But something was pulling on my heart. Last night, I posted on Instagram a food documentary and some notes about the food industry to share with my followers, something I do often. Whenever I post about food, I typically get three types of feedback. There's the people that are like "heck yeah, keep preaching, praise hands" la de da de da- the people whose eyes are already opened. Then there's the people who genuinely want to learn more, maybe because they've already felt a pull towards truly learning what they are putting in their bodies. Times are changing and people are starting to care. It's amazing. And then there's the people that are completely appalled that I would dare say something so terrible about the holy government or food industry, people who won't even allow the civil pleasure of agreeing to disagree. And that's okay. I totally respect that because I think as humans we all have that feisty side at times. I'm not about to let food be the defining factor of my relationship with another person.
Anyways, naturally my human instinct is to focus only on the negative feedback that I receive. And I often quite times let it affect me more than it should. It's been hard for me to find that healthy balance between letting others that don't agree know that they are loved and accepted, but also being confident in speaking the truth that God has placed on my heart to share. I hate conflict. I don't want to hurt people's feelings. Etc, etc. So basically I was feeling pretty uneasy about the whole situation all night and morning. That's basically the cycle that I go through every time I post something "controversial."
This morning it was time to open my Bible and spend some time with the Lord. I was hoping He could give me some answers as to whether I should sit down and shut up like people keep telling me to do. I have been wanting to dig deep in 1 Corinthians for a while and I finally opened it up today. As always, God knew what he was doing. The entire book of 1 Corinthians is about worldly wisdom vs Godly wisdom.
We are called to walk against culture.
As a Christian, when you open your heart to God's word and His wisdom, things are revealed to you, not only about yourself, but things of this world. I truly believe that my eyes have been opened to the truth about food and medicine because of my desire for God's ways, not worldly ways. I believe we can't pick and choose which worldly ways to turn our cheek to and participate in the rest. Godly wisdom and ways apply to all areas of our lives, including food.
It is very clear in the bible in multiple places that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19, 1 Corinthians 3:16-17, Romans 12:1-2, 1 Corinthians 10:31), our bodies are God's field, God's building (1 Corinthians 3:9.)
The things we nourish ourself with—spiritually and physically— matter to God.
Food is essentially a gift to us from God. It was the first gift in fact (Genesis 1:29), given for the good of His creation. And I can and will tell you this- what we are doing with food is not good. What we eat should be a reflection and a reminder to us of God's love and His goodness. We should honor Him with what we fuel ourselves with.
I physically cannot know what I know about food and the food industry and stay silent about it. I am to be the hands and the feet of the Lord. I am to make His ways known instead of worldly ways. I am called to walk against culture, and the Lord has put it on my heart to create an environment where others are encouraged to do the same.
"Never apologize for being years ahead of your time. If you're right and you know it, speak your mind. Speak your mind even if you are a minority of one, the truth is still the truth." -Unknown
I'm not saying I'm perfect. I'm not saying you're going to agree with me. I'm not saying that you're going to like everything I have to say. And that's okay. I was not put on this earth to bend and contort myself differently for each person and their individual beliefs. I will stand strong in mine because I stand strong in God. I desire to share what I know about food not out of pride or the incessant need to "be right" but because if I am to love my neighbor as I love myself, I am to care about their physical wellbeing just as much as their spiritual. I am not here to force you to believe what I say. I simply want to be a resource, a movement that gets the gears turning. Brothers and sisters of Christ, we are to share the goodness and the resurrection of Christ. What has He put on your heart to stand for? It might not be food like me, but there may be something. This world needs the way of God revealed. It needs more Christ, it needs more Love. I encourage you today to stand up for God's ways, not the world's.
Retaliation comes before revelation.
And all I know, is a revelation is coming. It's coming.
Thanks lovely people for taking a peek into my brain. Much love,