The Gravy of Grace and Gratitude

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If you like to eat what you like to eat, this means that you are a human being. If you are morally indignant about the food choices of others, this means you are well on the way to becoming a food leftist.

Leftism is that impulse that wants to establish coercion and call it community. Apply the coercive impulse to food and farming choices, and you have the food leftist.

And it begins with the indignation. Once the indignation is established, it becomes possible to draw on a hidden premise that too many Americans share — that sins should be crimes — and move from that position to the idea that made up sins should be made into real crimes.

When the food regulators change their minds, and start cracking down on this product instead of that product, this is simply part of the way authoritarian regimes operate. In a despotism, sometimes this is in favor and sometimes that — it can be an official, or a policy, or a method of manufacturing cheese — but regardless, the right of the despotism to continue being a despotism is always in favor. That doesn’t change.

This obviously does not mean that it is impossible to sin with food. Food leftists are sinning with other people’s food. And you can always go old school and sin with your own food. If your approach is all-four-feet-in-the-trough, then perhaps you are a piggy-piggy glutton. If you have a couple bottles of whiskey in your cubicle at work, then maybe you are not the suave 1950’s advertising executive you think you are. Maybe you are just an aspiring drunk. And if you are a fastidious eater, and cannot be troubled to be a charitable guest at the table of another, then you are an enemy of love.

In the meantime, every Christian who understands the gospel must fight — as part of our sanctification — the impulse to despise the food that God has given to somebody else. This applies even if the apple was not locally grown, if the coffee was not certified fair trade, if the bread came from a monoculture crop, if the asparagus was modified to taste horrible to asparagus predators, or if the food in question has “chemicals” in it.

We live in a sinful and fallen world, so food must indeed be sanctified. But the only thing that sanctifies it is the gravy of grace and gratitude (1 Tim. 4:4-5).

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BrentR
BrentR
8 years ago

“a hidden premise that too many Americans share — that sins should be crimes ”
Some sins should be crimes, though, right?
But where do you draw the line between sins that should, and sins that should not be crimes? Murder, for instance, takes little convincing. Smoking is daily becoming all but a crime, but homosexuality is currently being un-criminalized nationally.

jigawatt
jigawatt
8 years ago

I bet they hate the comparison, but the food leftists of today have some eerie similarities to the prohibitionists of the early 20th century.

Travis M Childers
Travis M Childers
8 years ago

If only it were as easy as “you’re either a normal human being (whatever that is) or you’re a food leftist”. Then we could all get back to reality TV, munching obliviously on Cheetos and sipping Bud Light. Now I’m pretty sure I’m not far off-base in noting that Mr. Wilson has been known to lampoon the Bud Light group for their deigning to call such a puny libation “beer”, while they simultaneously ignore the virtues of a delicious Irish stout or German ale. To each his own, for sure, when defining the types of foods and drinks that we… Read more »

Travis M Childers
Travis M Childers
8 years ago

And another thing: what does this website have against paragraph divisions?

delurking
delurking
8 years ago

So…you’d never get indignant about the food choices of others?  A nice plate of stewed kittens would be fine with you?  How about a nice dish of stir-fried spiders? (Other cultures eat these things all the time.) What about the brains of your dead uncle? <– I submit to you that we all have cultural taboos / preferences,  You’re just drawing your line at liberal taboos.  For obvious reasons: because you hate liberals.  Maybe Jesus would prefer you not to hate your enemies?
 

Bryan Hangartner
Bryan Hangartner
8 years ago

I would not object to stewed kittens (but would personally prefer them grilled) or stir-fried spiders, and would only object to the uncle brains due to health concerns – I believe you can get mad cow disease from cannibalism? Why assume that Mr. Wilson would object to such menu items? Your venemous and irrational conclusion-jumping, Mr. delurking, makes it clear that you are the hater here, not Wilson.

Rob Steele
8 years ago

I’m pretty sure it’s possible to hate liberalism without hating liberals.  Sure, it’s tempting to hate them too but that is forbidden.

Jim
Jim
8 years ago

So the Federal gov’t has no interest or responsibility in promoting behaviors it sees as beneficial for society? For example isn’t this part of the reason there is a marriage tax credit? It’s a way of promoting a specific behavior. 

Arwen B
Arwen B
8 years ago

So the Federal gov’t has no interest or responsibility in promoting behaviors it sees as beneficial for society?
 

Regrettably “beneficial for society” seems to mean “whatever keeps the current politicians in power,”  when it should mean “that which gives the citizenry the greatest freedom in pursuing their work, while punishing the abuse of one citizen by another.”

Travis M Childers
Travis M Childers
8 years ago

Jim,   I would say, “Not to go off-topic”, but that would be a lie. To answer your question, no, that’s not why there is a marriage tax credit. The marriage tax credit is there, along with all the other goofy “credits” to help ensure that you don’t go postal on the IRS for taxing your income in the first place. And NO, with a capital ‘N’ and ‘O’, the federal government (as you call it–I tend to prefer federal despotic usurpers, but to each his own) isn’t charged with “promoting behaviors it sees as beneficial for society”. The role… Read more »

Jim
Jim
8 years ago

Travis, your AOK with legalization of gay marriage right? 

Travis M Childers
Travis M Childers
8 years ago

Jim,
 
Um, nope. God defines marriage, not the so-called federal government (or any other group of men that would play God). All the federal authorities should do is make sure the Biblical right/obligation to punish homosexuals, even unto death, is never impugned nor dismissed.
 
This time I’m truly sorry to have kept us off topic. No more. I promise.

Jon
Jon
8 years ago

And so often we find coercion in the church.  People would have everyone else see life as they do and approach it as they do.  Everything else, according to them, is sin.  Actually, they’re captivated by an outlook that has grown idolotrous.

bethyada
8 years ago

If I am permitted to eat meat sacrificed to idols it follows that I may eat pork sold by incompetent farmers

Seth B.
Seth B.
8 years ago

Bethyada: Agreed!

Ralph Davis
8 years ago

If you copy your text into Windows notepad (or any other text editor), you can do paragraph divisions to your hearts content, then copy it back, all formatted. 
 
Really.  
 
No I’m not kidding.  
 
 
Honestly…

Ralph Davis
8 years ago

Whoops, didn’t work.  Sorrrrrrry.

Douglas S
Douglas S
8 years ago

Pastor Wilson, I’ve followed your blog posts on food issues for some months and am convinced that your view is Biblical.  But, if treated as a separate topic, is there room for Christians to address, in the name of Proverbs 12.10, the ethical treatment of animals in “concentration camps?”  Can we pay taxes that go to support Planned Parenthood and speak against Planned Parenthood?  Could an ancient Corinthian serve meat sacrificed to an idol at a convention speaking out against the worship of that idol?  Can we listen to rock n’ roll while speaking against the drug abuse of the… Read more »

Jane Dunsworth
Jane Dunsworth
8 years ago

bethyada — bingo.

Doane
Doane
8 years ago

Mr. Doane   get’s in his vehicle, drives to nearest super-mega-store, loads arms with brightly-coloured packages endorsed by popular goddess personalities, swipes piece of plastic through temperamental machine, give his kids fistfuls of candy while trying to remember his secret code(which always 1111), throws aforementioned “deals” into the SUV along with aforementioned kids, and commence fighting over who gets the ding dongs and who gets the burpy fizz. But everyone knows that his wife always gets the ding dongs.   Mr. Doane turns to the fussy eye squinting haters of Gods Kingdom expansion glory and places his fingers in a position that may or… Read more »

St. Lee
8 years ago

Have you ever wondered why a person would reply to a blog post with a comment  considerably longer than the original post?  Doesn’t it make you wonder why they don’t just start their own blog so that crowds would gather there to hear their words of wisdom?  I think I just figured it out.  For some strange reason when I read the comments section on my favorite blogs I find myself slogging through such comments despite finding them to be left leaning drivel that I have no interest in, whereas if I stumbled upon such writing on a blog of its own I… Read more »

DCHammer
8 years ago

Bethayda. Permitted? Yes. Wise? No.

bethyada
8 years ago

DCHammer, well it depends actually. I live in a Western country where all the meat is nominally halal. Can I source non-halal meat? Yes. Do I bother? No. I do not think this is unwise. the meat is sanctified to God because we eat it to his glory.  //  Now if I were to go shopping on Mutton Rd and one butcher publically sacrifices his animals to Molech thruout the day and the neighbouring butcher does not prudence may dictate that I buy from the latter.  //  The issue from Romans is that we do not need to tract down… Read more »

Kimberley
Kimberley
8 years ago

AMEN! Bethyada :)