All you healthy people that don’t use sugar: your homemade Christmas cookies are not as good as you think they are.
There is a segment of Christianity that is obsessed with diet. I’m not saying they are synonymous with the homeschoolers, but there is massive overlap. They are under the impression that we are justified by food alone. Sola Cibus. (I don’t know, I just looked up “What is the Latin word for food?” And cibus came up as the answer.)
Romans 14 and 15 tells us to please our neighbor and do things that edify them. Don’t force your weird scruples on people if it causes problems. I feel that diet evangelists need a refresher course on this passage.
At every casual gathering of Christians there is food. The lady who has to bring her health food along with recipes and detailed reasons why her treats are better than anything else anyone else brought are in violation of brotherly love. They just are.
Furthermore, your food sucks.
No one likes it.
There’s a reason why people like salt and sugar: because food with salt and sugar tastes better. Throw in some butter too, maybe just lard.
You don’t have to like it; you don’t even have to eat it. Remember, you’re doing this to please others not yourself, just like Jesus did when He died for your sins.
Everyone in my church knows my liking of chocolate and sugar and food that is good. They know I like steak and the McRib sandwich. I use such things as illustrations all the time.
Well, one couple decided what I liked to eat was no good, so they invited my wife and I over for supper. They prepared a gourmet dinner with some sort of exotic fish, boiled vegetables with lemons, and some other fruity salad type concoction. I nearly gagged trying to get the fish down.
“Oh good,” I thought, “They served tea. I like tea.” I took one sip of the tea and nearly gagged. There was more lemon than tea. It was the world’s longest supper. I have no idea to this day how I got through it.
I made no mention of my dislike, nor did I lecture about the virtues of chocolate or steak. I just chewed, swallowed, and prayed it would stay down.
See, I applied Romans 14 with grace and dignity. It is possible.
If you’re having people over for dinner, ask them what they like to eat. Find a good, hearty recipe for that thing. Don’t use dinner at your house as an opportunity to lecture people about how unhealthy they are. Just give them some decent food. Not gourmet weird stuff, but just natural good food. Unless, of course, they like the weird food.
When it comes to food; be all things to all men so that by all means you might feed some.
Stop lecturing people about food. Just let people eat what they like.
I know, I’m lecturing here a little bit. It’s true, but I’m unloading it here so the next time I’m invited over to a gourmet dinner shoved down my throat by a sanctimonious dieter I can contain my emotions and force it down.
Let’s all agree, in the bond of Christ, to make good food for each other. Never forget that one of the few things Solomon says are not vain in this life are enjoying your food and drink.
O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.