Does God care what we eat? Should the Bible effect a Christian’s choices about food and nourishment? How do we apply biblical principles to food, one of our most basic daily needs?
Our family has been specifically asking these questions for the past 6-7 months.
We’ve always made an effort to feed our family whole foods prepared as healthfully as possible. However, in recent months it has become more of a priority.
In December I found and joined GNOWFGLINS (God’s Natural Organic Whole Foods Grown Locally In Season) and thanks to the added help and inspiration, we’ve cut out nearly all processed foods, use nearly all sourdough and have incorporated more natural food choices and preparation methods (soaking grains and legumes, fermenting, etc.).
So I was excited about the opportunity to review Peter Bringe’s book, The Christian Philosophy of Food.
“The Christian Philosophy of Food” is a broad survey of what a Christian’s ideas and attitudes toward food should be.
This is not a how-to book of what we should eat or how we should prepare it. Rather it covers a multitude of topics about food choices, uses, production and preparation. From thoughts about balancing times of feasting with normal food consumption to utilizing food as a relationship builder, Peter Bringe covers many aspects of food and the Bible.
Talking about our “fast food” society and our tendency to view food and eating as an interruption of what’s “really important” Mr. Bringe points out,
We have to get it into our minds that simple and ancient things like eating and conversing as a family are foundational to Christian culture and society. Even though it might decrease the efficiency of our work, and it won’t necessarily produce material profit, it is an important and ultimate part of our life. ~ “The Christian Philosophy of Food” Page 37
In my opinion, the book can lean toward overstatement. For example, when making the point that food production should be less centralized and more family-centered (and I agree it should be) Mr. Bringe says,
Having two different visions of work in a family tends to divide it, and a house divided will not stand (Mark 3:25). This is not only true if mom and dad go to their own businesses; it is also true in the “traditional family” where the mom raises the kids, and the dad supplies the finances by laboring at some workplace unrelated to the rest of the family. ~ “The Christian Philosophy of Food” page 48-49
So as always turn to the Scriptures as your ultimate authority.
However, “The Christian Philosophy of Food” provides plenty of food for thought, especially if you are just beginning to consider what the Bible says about food. It is a good place to start as we begin to examine what God’s Word has to say about our food choices.
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