When God Ate
In our school-day Bible readings last week, we studied this passage:
And the Lord appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day; And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground, And said, My Lord, if now I have found favour in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant: Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree: And I will fetch a morsel of bread, and comfort ye your hearts; after that ye shall pass on: for therefore are ye come to your servant. And they said, So do, as thou hast said.
And Abraham hastened into the tent unto Sarah, and said, Make ready quickly three measures of fine meal, knead it, and make cakes upon the hearth. And Abraham ran unto the herd, and fetcht a calf tender and good, and gave it unto a young man; and he hasted to dress it. And he took butter, and milk, and the calf which he had dressed, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree, and they did eat. Genesis 18:1-8
Two weeks ago, I heard that Brian’s aunt (who is pushing 60) has been diagnosed as allergic to gluten and lactose intolerant. This woman has eaten bread and drank milk all of her life. So it kind of flummoxes me, how all of a sudden she can be allergic to these things. I’d say maybe it was an age-related thing, but there are a TON of children who are lactose intolerant, and gluten-free. My cousin’s wife/kids are all… well, purported to be that way. I have a lot of friends that are being ‘diagnosed’ that way, too.
The problem I run into is that… this whole vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, lactose-free thing that everyone has going now? It doesn’t jive with scripture. GOD ate. Did you know that? Here we have God coming to visit Abraham. What did Abraham serve him? Bread… that’s got gluten in it. Butter and milk – that’s lactose. Calf meat – that’s beef. And we’re not just talking lean meat – we’re talking ‘tender’ – or fatted/soft portions. So all of these people who claim these new ‘trends’ are ‘healthier’ or better or ‘what they need’? I know this is going to get me in trouble, but I have a problem with it.
Something is WRONG. There’s something wrong in the world. People left and right are having this gluten thing (which I read this morning had a symptom of lactose intolerance, so they’re apparently connected?). And it’s not right. If God came here and ate ‘tender’ beef, drank milk, and had bread… wouldn’t that be a sign of what we should eat? And yet, these are the things more and more and more people are becoming ‘allergic’ to. Something is wrong.
And people say, ‘Oh, it’s the GMOs and the pesticides and this and that…’ but the fact is, there were more pesticides in the 80s than there are, today. More food is organic and ‘whole’ today than ever before. There are labels on the milk about how the farms aren’t pumping the cows full of the stuff they used to. Gluten has *always* been in bread, just as milk has *always* been a staple of meals. And you didn’t hear about whole portions of society being gluten-free or lactose-intolerant. And this is a BIG thing, now!
If it were bad to have fatted meat, milk, butter, and bread? God would’ve had a salad, a glass of lemon water, and pancakes made out of banana mash. (Saw that on-line, too. Wtheck?!?!?) He would’ve avoided the grains, the meat, the fat, and the lactose. But He didn’t.
I don’t know… I’m just venting frustrations out loud. But it seems that in these days – which are, indeed the last days, weird things hare happening. And I totally don’t get it. I just don’t. God ate it. He didn’t say they were bad or unhealthy. He led the people into a place where the ‘MILK’ and honey flowed, where there was ample grazing for their livestock. These things are what Israel ate. They weren’t gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, or lactose-intolerant.
And because we are? I strongly suspect there’s something afoot in the world that we should be asking questions about.