Greener Than Thou
By MSilverthorn on May 23, 2013
My interest in eating organic-whole foods, finding natural ways to cure common ailments, and using less chemicals when cleaning has increased over the past few years as I've discovered a passion for homesteading and doing things the "old-fashioned" way.
I've read a lot of books and articles on these subjects and my knowledge is increasing daily. I look at my refrigerator when I get back from the grocery store and I am amazed sometimes (and little surprised, in a good way) at the items that would have never found their way onto my shelves before. Things like flax seed, kale, spinach, and coconut oil are all common staples around here. I haven't bought a tub of "I can't believe it's not butter" in ages, and I am no longer taking advantage of the 4/id="mce_marker"0 deal on Little Debbie's.
When the kids get a little sniffle or a cough I try home remedies before frantically calling the doctor or running to the drugstore for some over-the-counter medicine to shove down their throats. I try to avoid any meds if they aren't necessary, but when they are I don't lose sleep over it.
Vinegar and baking soda (and lavender oil) are my most commonly used cleaning products. And I've just recently discovered the wonders of Thieves oil for disinfecting (and boosting the immune system - you should check into that!).
But I've also learned that you need to beware of the folks with that "Greener Than Thou" attitude. You know the ones. These folks can usually be found on two very opposite sides of the philosophical spectrum. You have the 'Mother Earthers" (as I call them). These are the tree-hugging, support abortion but save the whale folks that give all credit to "Mother Earth". They deny the existence of God and have a desire to be in sync with the universe. And then you have the folks that are standing strong on their "convictions" and going green because it pleases their Creator. These folks don't care that half the country can't afford organic food and care more about what their dog eats for dinner than the neighbor down the street that gets their food from the local food bank.
I recently WAS following a page on Facebook because I enjoyed getting whole food recipes that were commonly posted on the page, as well as tips for essential oil uses. This individual is a huge supporter of organic food. She often posted a lot of "Eat Organic" propaganda like this:
I rolled my eyes every time I would see a post like that. I understand that when you don't eat "Organic" you are consuming something that could POTENTIALLY be covered in pesticides and those pesticides are linked to cancer. I get that if you don't truly know where the food is coming from then you don't really know what you're eating. I agree with that. I'm growing an organic garden this year. We buy our beef from the grass grazing cows that live down the road. We are going to raise our own meat chickens this year. We get our eggs from our chickens in our backyard.
So you see? I get it! I support it! Eat organic - Eat local!
But I'm not gonna die on that cross.
As much as I enjoy all the benefits of eating organic and local foods, I understand that there are times when it's just not going to happen. Sometimes I am going to be running late for church on a Wednesday night and I am going to stop at McDonald's and buy my kid a happy meal. Sometimes I am going to have $50 to buy a weeks worth of groceries and I am not going to spend $7 on a bag of organic apples. I'm going to buy regular apples. I'm not going to stress myself out over buying a box of macaroni and cheese because I don't have time to cook homemade macaroni and cheese (that would require processed cheese anyway since I don't have a cow or time to make my own cheese).
Also, I like to make my own laundry soap. The way my house smells when I make it is amazing and I always feel so nostalgic when I make it. But this week Arm & Hammer (with oxy clean) was on sale for $4.99 and it was buy one get one free. I bought it.
I am really making changes in our house that I feel are better for my family and I enjoy those changes. But as much as I enjoy a home cooked meal and canning my own food, sometimes I just don't have time. And life is about balance. Having balance is healthy for your mind.
As much as the "Eat Organic" propaganda annoys me, what is even more irritating to me is when they have to bring God into it. As if He is an advocate for eating organic.
Now I want to be really careful with my words here and I've spent a lot of time in prayer about writing on this topic because it so important and as a young Christian woman (and wife and mother) I want this post to be an encouragement and a warning to other young Christian women who may be traveling down this road.
The same individual that was posting the organic propaganda above would periodically post the make-me-want-to-puke "Jesus loves you" post. Again I would roll my eyes at these (the reason for my eye rolling needs to be an entirely different post) And then one day she posted the following statement:
"Eating organic isn't a value in and of itself. Eating organic is a WAY to eat foods how God created them! It's as simple as that!
Just sit back and let that those words soak in for a moment. Read it again. Maybe three times.
It's as simple as that? That is a pretty loaded (and bold) statement if you ask me. This is how I take that quote - So if God intends for us to eat organic food (because that is how he "created" them) than I could assume that when I eat organic I am doing something that pleases God. So If it is pleasing to God for me to eat organic then I could assume that God is not pleased with me when I don't.
Is that fair? I mean that is what I get out of her statement. I did a little more digging into what she supports (and I should have done so before liking her page- lesson learned) and I found that she is also an advocate for "The Maker's Diet". [hand on my forehead and shaking it in annoyance].
Are you wondering why this is important (and annoying to me)?
Let me explain:
Ladies! Listen up!
We are all bombarded with marketing on a daily basis that promises us that we can shed those pounds and get in shape. And there are MANY ways to accomplish that goal. But I can assure you that the only principles you are going to find in the Bible on this subject that are worth a hoot for you read are:
1. Don't overeat. It's gluttony. (Prov 23:21, Phil 3:19)
2. Godliness is more profitable than bodily exercise (1 Tim 4:8)
I am certain that God is not in a rage over such petty, fleshy things like eating whole, organic foods. I do think that, if you are a child of God, He cares if you are feeding your body junk all the time
(1 Cor 6:19-20)
But God is Holy. And Jesus is not a flip-flop wearing peace-making hippy.
You can argue that God intended for us to eat organic foods, but your argument is absurd invalid ridiculous.
The following information is a direct quote from the "New Age Healthcare" ebook that was published by "Way of Life" ministries. It explains my point better than I can explain it myself:
(and I highly recommend this book- get it FREE here)
Another misconception is that the Bible lays out the ideal
George Malkmus has his “Hallelujah Diet.” Don Colbert
has the “What Would Jesus Eat” diet. Gwen Shamblin
has her “Weigh Down Workshops,” and Jordan Rubin
has “The Maker’s Diet.” They all claim to be Biblebased.
Rubin says that “God gave me this health
message” (“New Diet Plans Take Cue from the Bible,”
USA Today, June 10, 2004).
In fact, there is no Bible diet plan for today. From Adam
to Noah, men were vegetarians, stemming from God’s
command in Genesis 1:29-30. After the flood, men were
instructed to eat meat as well as vegetables (Genesis 9:3).
Under the Law of Moses, the nation Israel continued to
eat meat, but some animals were designated clean and
others unclean. The Lord Jesus Christ is a Jew and lived
under the law and therefore followed the Mosaic dietary
system. He wasn’t a vegetarian. He ate fish (Lk.
24:42-43) and He ate lamb, which was required during
the Passover (Exodus 12:6-8).
When the church was established, the former restrictions
were done away.
There are only three teachings about diet in the New
First, Peter was taught that the Old Testament dietary
restrictions are no longer in effect for the New
Testament believer (Acts 10:9-16).
The truth of this was emphasized in that the vision and
the command to rise, kill, and eat was repeated three times.
This passage single-handedly refutes the following claims: that the
Mosaic dietary restrictions are in force in the New
Testament churches, that the Mosaic dietary restrictions
were for health purposes (if that were true, God would
have kept them in force), that eating meat is unhealthy,
that vegetarianism is a superior program, and that is cruel
to kill animals.
Second, we are taught that in the New Testament
dispensation diet is entirely a matter of personal
liberty (Romans 14:1-6) and we are not to judge
others in such matters (Romans 14:13).
Third, we have a warning about those who teach
against eating meat (1 Timothy 4:1-6) and we are told
that to require a vegetarian diet is a doctrine of devils.
To go beyond the Bible’s clear teaching in this matter and
to create dietary programs that purport to have a
Scriptural basis and to have divine approval and
universal properties is heresy.The New Testament plainly
states that “every creature of God is good, and nothing to
be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:
For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer” (1 Timothy 4:4-5).
Thus, according to Scripture, diet is a personal and
individual matter. Each person is different, with his own
metabolism, taste, culture, lifestyle, health, and
occupation; and diet must be determined on this basis
and not on some plan purporting to be from the Bible.
I am not saying that all diets are equally healthy; I am
merely saying that there is no one diet that is required by
Do you understand? It is important to eat healthy and take care of yourself, but there is
"NO ONE DIET THAT IS REQUIRED BY THE BIBLE". That is heresy.
If you want do something for God, give the gospel. Tell other people how they can know for sure that when they die, they can go to heaven. That is pleasing to God.
Not your stinking stand for local organic food.
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