You Are What You Eat

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We’ve all heard the words uttered “You are what you eat,” (usually with a grin) across the lips of our parents, our grandparents, and even our great-grandparents. They sat across the table watching us lower the nutritional value of our baked potato by the second, as we heaped on sour cream and butter. So, as I sat and thought about this old saying, it quickly dawned on me that I have no IDEA what I eat! I mean, who knows what the contents are that make up beef jerky, hot dogs, the surprise fillings of those boxed chocolates we all get for Christmas – or, dare I say…those delicious chicken nuggets from the drive-thru window.

It was during this mouth-watering reflection as my mind strayed away to chicken nugget and french fry land that I couldn’t help but realize that this very same message is plastered across billboards, television commercials, t-shirts, and even baseball stadiums!  All the media marketing aimed at today’s youth is conveying to them the idea that “What they consume (eat) defines who they are”.  The media tells youth that if they wear the ‘right’ labels, eat at the best restaurants, own the latest cell phone, then they will be popular, good looking, smart, funny, and…normal. What a great marketing tool – what a great way to raise a generation of consumers! What an excellent marketing strategy to a generation of youth in search of acceptance! Too bad it’s not real…

Here’s the problem, today’s popular culture tells us that our identity is wrapped up ‘from the outside in’, whereas Scripture seems to focus more on the mind and the heart…that would be, from the inside out.  In Romans 12:2, Paul reminds us not to conform to the world, but to instead be “transformed by the renewing of our mind”. Furthermore, the 119th Psalm, discusses the wonders of not only seeking God with all our hearts, but also hiding God’s word in our hearts. How easy it is to forget that we have already been given our identity through Christ. We are all children of God, saved by God’s grace through Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross.  

SO WHAT CAN WE DO?

Just watch MTV in order to see the results of the promises of the secular media. Music video lyrics roll off the tongue easier than prayers, and today’s youth know more details about Lindsay Lohan’s imprisonments than the Apostle Paul’s imprisonments. I say again, what can we do? How can our youth become producers of the Christian culture rather than consumers of pop culture? Let’s ask Moses – he knew a thing or two about leading people…  

Deuteronomy 6:5-7: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” 

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On February 16, 2017
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