Why Food Matters to Our Faith

I love working with food, talking about food, and well…eating food.  One thing that I’ve thought about a lot over the past year has been how our theology and understanding of the Gospel changes the way we eat.  How should we eat in a way that points us back to our original design, not our present fallen reality? What does redemptive eating look like?
Here’s a portion of an article I’ve been working on, that was recently featured in Relevant Magazine.
Back in 2005, The New York Times reported that for the first time in two centuries, “the current generation of children in America may have shorter life expectancies than their parents.” The number one reason? Obesity. And while we spend more on healthcare than any other industrialized nation and yet we have more overweight and obese citizens than any other country. And every year, Americans throw away nearly half of their purchased food.It doesn’t take an expert to tell you we have a food crisis on our hands. However, these statistics also highlight another reality: It was never supposed to be this way.

IT DOESN’T TAKE AN EXPERT TO TELL YOU WE HAVE A FOOD CRISIS ON OUR HANDS.

 As Christians, we know this intimately. We know we’ve fallen so far. And as a result, we should be the most responsible consumers because we know what it means to be image bearers. Whether the issue is abortion, climate control, the orphan crisis or food consumption, we should live in order to be redemptive agents here in this broken but beautiful creation. This is what it means to be God’s ambassadors to a humanity damaged by sin. We should live in such a way that points people back to the way things were suppose to be—even in terms of what’s on our plate and in our pantry.

To read the full article, go here.

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