Friday, December 7th, 2012
Eating Right (Part 29: Soft Drinks, Hard Consequences)
You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons.
1 Corinthians 10:21 (NKJV)
These are wells without water.
2 Peter 2:17 (NKJV)
I was a bottle-fed baby, and I grew up fat. Almost four decades of obesity would pass before I was weaned from the world's largest bottle. Its name is Coca-Cola.
Coke's first slogan was 'Drink Coca-Cola' (1886), and we obeyed. It became 'The real thing' (1970), and we believed. We were told to 'Buy the world a Coke' (1971), so we did; to 'Catch the wave' (1986), and we plunged.
Eternity was preached: 'Always Coca-Cola' (1993), and we agreed. With it, we could 'Open Happiness' (2009), so we tried.
But we failed. Happiness is not found in a bottle. King David knew where to find it: God. 'In Your presence is fullness of joy' (Psalm 16:11).
Shouldn't followers of Christ know where to find it, too? God tells us to obey our rulers: 'Obey the king's command' (Ecclesiastes 8:2), but to shun masterminds of manipulation, who 'With feigned words make merchandise' (2 Peter 2:3) of us.
'That we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting' (Ephesians 4:14).
Each year, Americans drink 49.78 billion liters of chemical concoctions: 'soft' drinks with hard health consequences. One soft drink a day increases a child's risk of obesity by 60%.
Have we ignored God's 'Still small voice' (1 Kings 19:12) to focus on media's ceaseless shout?
One conservative estimate says the average child sees 20,000 commercials a year.* 'U.S. children and teenagers are seeing far more soda advertising than before... Our children are being assaulted by these drinks' (Reuters/Yale's Kelly Brownell).
Actors, models, and talent for Christ: set an example. Don't be fooled. Soft drinks are liars: they're not the real thing. We shouldn't buy anyone a Coke. That wave takes us no place good. Nothing is 'always' but God, and only in Him is joy.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Eating Right series.