DON'T JUDGE MY FOOD! The Prophetic Scribe Devotional
For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. ~Romans 14:17~
Don't Judge My Food
As we grow spiritually and in age, wisdom dictates that our dietary habits may need to change in order to accommodate our aging bodies. Some people learn early how to eat well. Their parents may have brought them up on fresh fruits, veggies and whole grains instead of french fries, soda pop and sweets. A number of factors affect our eating habits including, socio-economics, tradition, culture, addiction and more. However, no matter how, why or what you eat, it doesn't feel good to have someone judging or criticizing your food or eating habits. Depending on how food fits into your lifestyle, they could be actually be criticizing your heritage or exacerbating a weakness.
In the Book of Romans, Chapter 14, the Apostle Paul is speaking to Romans about the spiritual implications of judging someone because they do not eat what you eat or do things the way you think they ought to be done. In verse one, he begins by saying "receive a person that is weak in faith, and don't argue about things that are debatable." [paraphrased] The underlying theme in this entire chapter is to honor God in whatever you do because the spirit is more important than the flesh. He cautions Christians to not judge things that are not theirs to judge because each of us must stand before God to account for our own life.
Therefore, we would do well to focus on God rather than the flesh. This does not mean to spiritualize food. It means to be a good witness. Don't drink alcohol in front of an alcoholic or be gluttonous in front of an obese person. Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother's way. [verse 13] Additionally, some things that are right for one person, may not be right for another ...there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean.
If you are truly concerned with the diet of a person you care about, offer to cook for them. Don't lecture. Don't judge and don't criticize. Much ministry can be done in love through food. Like a healing balm, healthy food administered in love can make a weak person strong. For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs. [verse 2]
For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. [verse 17]