Thursday, March 25, 2010

Healthy living at the cost of our brothers and sisters dignity.

I have to get something off my chest...I am angry, not perpetually, but the past few days I have seen much judgement passed.

I have to say that I am a very heathy eater, I cook all my meals at home, I choose organic when budget allows, and stay away from processed and chemical foods. In fact some times people think I 'm a little wacky because I don't want my son eating cupcakes (he's only 14 months!). That being said I AM NOT SINGLING OUT ANYBODY WHO CHOOSES A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE! I am one of those people.

Here is my problem, I have more and more lately run across people who seem to think of themselves as some sort of Elite group because of their food choices. I myself have felt judged many times. This "group" of food elitist offer much criticism and judgement to those who do not make the same choices as them, many of them Christians. As followers of Christ we are not called to judge (Mt. 7:1-6)for we are all sinners and fall short of the glory of God (Rom.3:23). Our food habits do not make us any better than the next. One man may struggle to eat healthy, treating his body with carelessness, but spends his days caring for widows and orphans, which is considered pure worship (James 1:27), while one man may struggle with his porn addiction, committing adultery in his heart (Mt 5:28), eats a pure diet. Who is better?Neither they are both sinners. It is important to lead others to healthier more fulfilling lifestyles, but we are called to do so in loving manner by "speaking the truth in love" (Eph. 4:14-16), not with judgement and criticism, we are able to see others flaws but are blinded to our own (Mt. 7:1-6). We have become too proud in our ways, we must not forget that it is by the GRACE OF GOD we have been saved (Eph 2:5). If we are to change lives we are to be humble for "he gives grace to humble and opposes the proud" (James 4:6).

I too have been found guilty of passing judgement on brothers and sisters and for that my heart has been broken and I have repented. There are many people sharing their healthy discoveries with grace and love, such as my friend Heather (http://www.mommypotamus.com), and Lindsey at http://www.passionatehomemaking.com/. My goal is not to frustrate or anger but to encourage, those who have examined their hearts, and go about their efforts to change the world the right way, leading people to and not away from Christ!

Much love,
Katie

5 comments:

Mae Burke said...

I love you, this was good. I hope you read passionate homemakings post about this too. Really good stuff

Heather said...

I didn't know you had a blog, Katie! You are now in my google feedreader ; - )

I'm so glad you think my blog comes across as non-judgmental. If you ask my family,though, becoming the kind of person that can accept and love all people where they are is definitely an ongoing process for me ; - )

Heather said...

P.S. The soap in your sidebar looks good enough to eat!

Mae Burke said...

Heather, Eamon often makes jokes about eating Katie's soap...almost every time we're over there actually.

FIG said...

Mae- I couldn't find it, I wanted to read it though.

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