Have you felt like a failure for not having a WAP-approved grocery list and menu plan? Do you love “real foods”, but don’t think you live up to the standards of other “real foodies”? Have you read a real food blog and felt like you were spiritually or morally guilty because you don’t soak your grains or you put sugar in your oatmeal? DON’T!
Please don’t get me wrong, I love the nutrition and flavor in our homemade, unprocessed foods. I love how we feel when we eat healthy meals. I love knowing that I’m making healthy decisions for my girls. I also love s’mores. Nope, not made-from-scratch marshmallows and graham crackers. The cheap ones from wal-mart. We do splurge on gourmet dark chocolate, but only because we like the flavor, not because it’s healthier. And you know what? I’m not a bad person for it. I’m not a bad Christian, either. My s’mores aren’t immoral or un-spiritual.
I have seen many blogs (Christian and secular) that talk about real food as though it is the only decent choice and those of us who don’t eat 100% according to their standards are somehow horrible people (and parents) because of it. Believers are the “temple of the Holy Spirit” and we shouldn’t abuse our bodies. That doesn’t mean that eating 80% real food and 20% processed food is unbiblical.”Everything is permissible” for believers. There is no condemnation. BUT…
Does this mean we should all just give up and live on Twinkies and Sprite? NO! “Everything is permissible, but not everything is beneficial” (1 Corinthians 10:23). Just because we can eat whatever we want doesn’t mean that we should. Eating mostly healthy foods won’t guarantee health, but in general our bodies function better if we give them the nutrients they need. Everybody agrees that being healthy is better than being sick. We all want to have energy and feel good. It is wise and it is good stewardship to take decent care of our bodies.
I have seen Christians who have made an idol out of junk food and I have seen others make an idol out of “real” food. God gave us freedom to eat whatever we want, so why do we condemn each other? Rather than condemning each other, why don’t we all just encourage each other to do the best we can and to allow grace to cover the rest.
“If I partake with thankfulness, why am I blamed for the food that I give thanks for? So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:30-31