Seeds of Arrogance

Image via Wikimedia Commons

Image via Wikimedia Commons

Pride isn’t really a controversial issue.

People aren’t posting passive aggressive Facebook statues arguing for or against hubris.Whether you go to church or not, most people agree: pride is dangerous, and can be taken too far.

We’re all on the same page there.

If you do go to church, chances are you hear it discussed all the time. How our pride gets in the way of our relationship with God. How it leads to bad choices. Choices where we try to be God.

Yet, we often fail to see the connection between our pride and our food choices.

We eat items loaded with artificial preservatives that prevent our bodies from operating the way God designed, all in the name of not having the time to make better choices. Or because we flat out don’t want to make a choice that is better for the body God gave us.

When we’re deficient in some vitamin, we don’t seek out foods that God created containing those vitamins. Instead, we take pills or drink some powder/shake situation “that doesn’t taste too bad” and that way we don’t have to change what we’re eating.

This takes me back old school to Genesis 11. The Tower of Babel. The story is short and simple: people got together and said, “hey, let’s make a name for ourselves and build a tower to the Heavens.” God said something that roughly translated to: “Oh no you didn’t!” Then He mixed up their languages (they had just one when they started the tower) and spread those arrogant people throughout the earth.

Our lesson: don’t try to be God. Don’t think you’re smart enough and/or worthy enough to “reach” God by your own volition.

As Christians, the same logic should apply to how we eat. Don’t we believe what God created is enough?   Do we truly believe that He provides for us? Do we believe that the plants and animals we eat serve a nutritional purpose so that our bodies replenish and function the way God designed them?

Or, do we eat like we know better than God?

Most of us, whether intentionally or unintentionally, are doing just that.

In the US, if you’re buying seeds to grow food, it’s likely coming from a handful of large corporations. Most of these companies genetically modify seeds to do everything from resisting bugs to becoming sterile after the first generation so that farmers/gardeners have to buy a new set of seeds each year.

This of course, can be costly for farmers, and net a huge profit for these corporations. Not to mention, it significantly impacts those in many parts of the world who might not have the money to buy seeds every year, but can save their seeds year after year and thus feed their families. As a result, these new “developments” seriously impact hunger around the world; a problem that is only getting worse despite estimations that plenty of food exists to feed everyone in the world.

We aren’t glorifying creation with our food choices; we’re telling God His work needs improvement.

What’s the definition of hubris again?

“(in a Greek tragedy) an excess of ambition, pride, etc ultimately causing the transgressor’s ruin.”

Greek tragedy or Tower of Babel, call it what you want. But we might be writing our own tragedy.

 

 

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