Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.
Chemicals surround us. From air freshener to fabric softener, from synthetic carpets to hair spray, from plastic cups to Teflon pans. Chemicals are more commonplace than dirt, but not nearly as safe. Especially in our food.
How can we understand them? Consider the meaning of three basic words:
1) Chemical: 'Any substance used in or resulting from a reaction involving changes to atoms or molecules, especially one derived artificially for practical use' (World English Dictionary).
2) Alchemy: 'A medieval philosophy and early form of chemistry whose aims were the transmutation of base metals into gold, the discovery of a cure for all diseases, and the preparation of a potion that gives eternal youth' (Science Dictionary).
3) Transmutation: 'To thoroughly change' (Etymology Dictionary).
So here's my definition of the chemicals we eat and drink: 'Artificial substances injected into God's food to thoroughly change it, to transform it--to make it grow faster, last longer, taste better, and reap enormous profits--in order to satisfy the 'get-rich-quick' schemes of the food industry and those who serve it at the expense of the health of God's children' (Carey Lewis).
The only healthy transformations in the universe are designed, supervised, and reaped by God for the betterment of all. Man can never improve upon God's creation.
'A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. It is enough for a disciple that he be like his teacher, and a servant like his master' (Matthew 10:24-25).
How can we be like our Teacher? Eat like Him. Chemicals and potions are not the food of Jesus.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Eating Right series.