The DailyMail reported recently that Burger King in the U.K. and Ireland had been selling burgers contaminated with horse meat. It was reported that one of their suppliers, Silvercrest, had been mixing horse meat and "beef ends" in the production of their burgers. Burger King initially denied the allegations, but eventually fessed up. Stories like this hopefully brings home the importance of being vigilant and observant about what we consume on a daily basis. It's important that we read labels, check suppliers, and stay abreast as to issues effecting the quality and safety level of our food. What and how we eat effects us on multiple levels, and from a biblical perspective, this fact is emphasized in a number of places. In Leviticus 11:44-47 the connection between sanctification and diet is made.
For I am the LORD your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy: neither shall ye defile yourselves with any manner of creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. For I am the LORD that bringeth you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: ye shall therefore be holy, for I am holy. This is the law of the beasts, and of the fowl, and of every living creature that moveth in the waters, and of every creature that creepeth upon the earth: To make a difference between the unclean and the clean, and between the beast that may be eaten and the beast that may not be eaten.
In 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, Paul reminds us that we are the temple of God and that God likes for his home to meet certain standards. In the same way you have a certain way that you like your house arranged, God likes for His home to be in a certain order too!
What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.
In the story of Daniel and the Hebrew boys we get an illustration to the power of purity and sanctification with relation to abstinence from certain foods. We are shown that God's way is the best way.
Dan 1:8 But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.
In short, it behooves us to turn off our television for a little while to research the current issues of the day. These issues are effecting our lives present and future. Our health and our families health are depending on it!
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