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The Food we eat matters to God

Have some garlic scapes, onions, peas and all. Families should love eating greens (fresh, organic, and about as local as they come) because they should see it as a deep theological act. What your family eats should matter to you because, like all aspects of this earthly life, food matters to God.

Food is a gift. In fact, food is the first gift. In one entirely accurate sense, all things from God’s good hands are gifts, but its like food is somehow unique. See Genesis 1 and look at what God did in the creation story. More specifically, look at the verbs: God creates, he hovers, he says, he names, he separates, hemakes and blesses and sees and declares it good. But it isn’t until the end of the chapter, in verse 29, that he gives. And what did he give? Food.

“Behold,” God says, “I have given you every plant and every tree. You shall have them for food.”

Later, after the Flood, God adds animals: “Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything” (Gen. 9:3).

When properly understood as a gift, it becomes clear that food is a tangible expression of God’s love for us. As a theologian “Norman Wirzba” has put it, food is “God’s love made edible.” It is one essential way that he shows his care for us (see Matt. 6:26). It is a physical embodiment of God’s common grace, given for the good of his creation. And it’s one of the practical means by which Jesus Christ sustains all things.

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