This post may be a little controversial, but it’s something that’s been weighing on my heart for a while. And I recently discovered that I’m not the only one who’s been burdened to share.
When I started researching holistic health and real food, it wasn’t long before I realized that the whole concept of natural health and wellness could easily become an idol. And there are many Christians whose goal turns from spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ (salvation for the lost through His redemptive act on the cross) to spreading the “good news” of health, wealth, and prosperity.
I could easily name specific preachers or “diets” that claim that if we only adhere to this or that principle, we will never suffer here on this earth. But I won’t mudsling. However, I encourage you to wisely weigh each sermon, article, blog post, and words from well-meaning friends.
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Can we “name and claim” our health? Can eating well–a 100% organic diet–ensure long life and prosperity? Is eating in such a way and taking care of our bodies through holistic care–such a chiropractic, acupuncture, etc.–obedience to God? And, if so, will God bless us for our efforts?
If you know Christ as your Savior, I believe your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit. And as such, you (we) should take care of that temple.
I Corinthians 6:19-20 says: “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body,”
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But honoring God with our bodies does not mean we will have no troubles in this world. In fact, Jesus said in John 16:33: “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Those troubles may equal different things for different people. For some, it may be illness. For others it may be financial difficulties or a strained marriage. Regardless, Jesus didn’t promise a trial-free life.
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However, there are those who preach that we can simply quote healing Scriptures out of context, and, if we have enough faith and put forth enough effort, God will give us health and wealth here on earth.
If God blesses only those who eat healthy and spend money on premium holistic healthcare, what are we to say to:
- the single mother who can barely afford groceries–much less grassfed meats and raw milk,
- the elderly couple who survives on medicare to meet their medical needs–and visiting holistic health practitioners is simply not an option,
- the large family, who has chosen to invest in biblical homeschooling curriculum over a 100% organic diet,
- and, lastly, to the millions of men, women, and children living in extreme poverty in the third world? The very people who can chose to live on GMO corn–or not eat at all?
Have you ever struggled with thinking that “if only” you could live a 100% healthy lifestyle that God would bless you more? What are your thoughts?
Be sure to visit the other ladies who have written on the same topic:
Stacy: Food is Not Your God
Christy: A Realistic Perspective on Real Food in a Very Real World