DayBreaks for 09/17/13 – The Poison Within
These days “organic” is the big thing. I suppose that I can understand it, but I’m generally too cheap to spend that much extra money for something organic. Perhaps I should, but I don’t.
Organic simply means natural and without additives or preservatives. In the case of meat, etc., it means that they were fed natural, organic food without sprays, etc. (I think).
“Researchers now can accurately estimate a person’s economic status just by learning which environmental toxins are in his body, concluded a University of Exeter (England) research team recently, using U.S. data. Although “both rich and poor Americans are walking waste dumps,” wrote the website Quartz, reporting the conclusions, poorer people’s typical food leaves lead, cadmium, and the banned Bisphenol-A whereas richer people more likely accumulate heavy metals (mercury, arsenic, thallium) from aquatic lean protein (and acquire oxybenzone from the active ingredient in sunscreens). Previous research was thought to show that richer Americans ate healthier (for example, eating fruits and vegetables instead of canned foods), but the Exeter research shows they merely house different toxins.” (News of the Weird, Quartz, 8-5-2013]
What cheerful news for a Tuesday, right? We think that organic is best…and physically speaking, that is probably true. But it isn’t always the case when we talk about spiritual truths. There are two ways to think about this:
ONE: we are human, made from the dust of the ground. Our organic “chemistry” is that we are human, for better and worse. The worse side has to do with our fleshly pre-disposition to sin – and sin grievously at that. We have been endowed by our Creator with the gift of free-will, which we often use wrongly. We choose poorly, to borrow a phrase from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. We are truly possessed of a poisonous nature within!
TWO: we are created in the image of God. That’s not the same as saying we are gods or goddesses. The idea of an “image” is that of an “icon” such as resides on the screen of your computer: it is not the program itself, just a representation of it. We are a reflection of something, we are not that “thing” itself. We are no more God than the image we see in a mirror of us is “us”. We don’t have the Divine nature in us – at least not until we surrender to Christ and are indwelt by the Spirit. Yet, even then, as Paul said, “It is no longer I, but the Spirit that lives within me.”
What is the answer? Are we good or bad? Or both? I think the answer is “Yes”! Our organic nature is corruptible, prone to sin, destined for death. Our organic nature has to be overcome and die to be replaced by a greater nature: Galatians 2:20 (NLT) – My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
I don’t know about you, but I’m not trusting in organic foods for a longer life. I’m trusting in Jesus for an eternal one!
PRAYER: We long to see the completion of Your work in us and to be freed from our sinful organic nature. Until that day, let us all trust in the Son of God who not only loved us, but gave Himself for us all! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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