Because of my background, it is not unusual to attend a social activity and watch people suddenly become very conscientious of their food choices, fearing some sort of health lecture from me. Some even assume that I won’t eat certain foods because of some purported bad ingredient, which simply means they need a good lecture on “The Principle of Toxicology – The Dose Makes the Poison,” and not one on good foods vs. bad foods.
As an example, years ago, I was invited to give a lecture at a university on the junk food vs. health food issue. I recall prior to giving the lecture having lunch with the host of the event and some of his colleagues from the university. They had the standard healthy buffet set up, and the host, as well as the others, chose what they felt were the appropriate “health” foods as we passed through the line. They even, for whatever reason, avoided the chocolate cream pie sitting at the end of the line. They were overreacting to the whole junk food vs. health food obsession that is now so prevalent.
I certainly did not overlook it, however. I spotted the pie from the beginning of the line. My eyeballs were as focused on that pie as a mother on her newborn child. Considering how much I love a good chocolate cream pie, there was no way I was going to pass up the opportunity due to a bunch of misinformed health fanatics who clearly had no understanding of the Principle of Toxicology. This principle states that no chemical compound is inherently bad for you until your level of exposure surpasses its upper level of safety. It is explained in more detail in my last WND column.article.
I am not suggesting that we do not have to make wise food choices, or avoid the responsibility to maintain our health and strength and avoid gluttony, idle, lazy, undisciplined or any sinful behavior that may make us less productive physically. My point here is that for many, our culture has taken the simple task of eating and taking care of our physical bodies and turned it into this unnecessary maze of do’s and don’t’s, safe and unsafe, health and unhealthy, etc. We are obsessed with one article after another in magazines, newspapers and online about the next purported bad food ingredient or what we should fear from the food-supply process. Even some “consumer groups” and their “newsletters” utilize the false demonization of various foods to enhance subscription sales or membership numbers. In the grand scope of things, do you really believe avoiding the occasional hot dog or some other food condemned by the food police, is going to have some significant temporary or eternal impact on you?
Many live in fear of certain foods due to gross misconceptions or misinformation they may embrace, such as evolution. Embracing evolutionary junk science may lead them to embrace the related junk science of the “Caveman” or “Paleo-lithic” diet craze, and possibly extend this misconception into a lifestyle that further subcategories their eating behavior into one of the four different blood types, which was popularized in 1996 by a best-selling book. All of these concepts are without any scientific or biblical merit.
There is no question that the alarming rate of obesity and lifestyle-related diseases are running amok in America and that we should be voicing our concern, education and guidance to those who need it, but consider just how much attention and exposure such issues receive versus the far greater issue of spiritual junk food.
Real junk food does not pass through your mouth, but through your eyes and ears. Instead of overly concerning yourself with what you are eating is “junk food,” you should concern yourself more with whether what you are reading, listening to, or watching on television is “junk food.” Are you as cautious with what is put into your mind as you are with what is put into your mouth? Are you as obsessed with the cultural junk food as you are with the purported physical junk food?
The point is simple. Appropriate time spent in the stewardship of your physical body is responsible, but it is not your primary concern and is often overly allotted for time-wise. Your primary concern should be being diligent in refraining from the cultural junk food, which inundates us, and not the physical junk food, which is easy to avoid with a little education and reasonable discipline. The lack of cultural discernment, the things we choose to involve ourselves in and appropriate mentoring of children by their parents should be of far more concern than the so-called physical “junk food.” Christian parents are raising Christian anorexics. Their faith is so malnourished due to the lack of attention that they are unable to effectively defend what they believe, why they believe it, or to recognize false teachings when they hear it. They are biblically illiterate. They have become worldly obese and spiritually anorexic. They are poorly prepared to survive the onslaught of anti-Christian dogma and worldviews that now saturate our culture.
There is an old saying that states that “you are what you eat.” Although the intention of this “wisdom” is to instill better eating habits, the saying is devoid of any real truth physically. I will certainly never become a chocolate chip cookie or a bowl of ice cream, although at times I may have made a great effort at it. The more appropriate wisdom to follow regarding “junk food” is Proverbs 23:7. It states: “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he (NKJV).” This verse is far more reflective of the actual consequences as to what we become with the intake of cultural junk food through our eyes and ears. So, the saying should state, “you are what you think,” not “you are what you eat.”