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Sugar or God?

the idolatry of food

Yesterday, I posted about food. The modern conventions versus what the research actually says.
Today, I want to talk a little about what God says. 
There's a couple really fantastic books that cover this in much more detail, specifically What the Bible Says about Healthy Living by Rex Russell, MD and The Maker's Diet by Jordan Rubin. Both books break down the Old Testament food laws that people were to follow. These guys have far more experience than I do: Rex Russell was a doctor and Jordan Rubin lived through a rather extreme health crisis. 
But that doesn't mean that I can't speak to this subject. 
The bible says in the New Testament that all food has been declared clean. So I don't want you do get confused with spiritual uncleanness (i.e. sin) versus healthy food choices. 
18 “Are you so dull?” he asked. “Don’t you see that nothing that enters a person from the outside can defile them? 19 For it doesn’t go into their heart but into their stomach, and then out of the body.” (In saying this, Jesus declared all foods clean.)
To make it perfectly clear, eating a particular food will NOT cause you to be in sin.
What WILL cause you to be in sin is the way in which you choose and eat your foods. Do you eat when you're not actually hungry? When you're emotional? When you're bored? Do you choose foods that you *know* are bad for you because they bring you comfort? 
All those instances are times when you're putting food above your relationship with God, which in turn makes it idolatry. 
Idolatry is the universal human tendency to value something or someone in a way that hinders the love and trust we owe to God. 
-Paul K. Moser, Loyola University of Chicago
(Taken from a great, in-depth definition of Idolatry, click here for the whole thing.)
I am really speaking from experience here. I have severe food issues: turning to food in times of boredom, for comfort and when I'm upset or even happy. I have stopped listening to the God-given cues for hunger and satiation that my body gives me. 
Sugar addiction is a real thing. On an MRI, sugar lights up your brain in the rewards center the same way that cocaine and heroin do.  Physically, as I talked about yesterday, eating sugar and carbohydrates makes us hungrier for more sugar and carbohydrates. 
What it boils down to is this: sugar addiction is a real thing that comes between us and God. A little bit in moderation won't harm you, as long as God still comes first. 
Header image is "Inertia" in Punta Nizuc, Mexico, taken from Art-Sci: Sea Sculptures of the Underwater Museum.
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