Famine / by David Campbell


Lately I have been trying to radically alter the way I eat. As I age I am becoming more and more aware of the fact that much of what is commercially available for purchase in the United States is not really food. Sure it pacifies hunger for a bit but I am more and more convinced that there is more damage done than good. When I was a kid 'peanut allergies' were unheard of. I had never heard of Gluten until just a few years ago. Compound that with the onslaught of cancer cases I am hearing about recently and at some point you have to come to grips with the fact that things are different.

When trying to eat healthy you hear all kinds of advice. One of the best I have heard is "never go into the center of a grocery store to buy anything." That is pretty good advice, but there is an issue. That food is crazy expensive.

My wife told me a story about a friend of hers who ran into a lady at Wal-Mart back during Christmas and came to discern that she was tremendously hungry and had no money. The friend took her to the grocery part and began filling a cart for her. In this she was shocked that someone would buy her something like Bananas. Bananas are perishable and they do not store very well. The friend came to realize that this lady's whole grocery world view revolved around buying items that were cheap and did not perish easily. As a result she was hungry and poor yet obese.

When you read the pages of the bible or even study world economies famine is a real legitimate concern. Many times famine was judgment.

Yet I have always held the worldview that God is blessing our country. We are not going hungry. We are the wealthiest nation on earth (even if we are slipping). I have always seen us under blessing. But Proverbs 10:22 says "the blessing of The Lord makes rich and He add no sorrow to it." So it is has become commonplace to say The Lord is blessing us with XYZ medicine or XYZ food or XYZ job all the while suffering tremendous side effects. So the question is, "are they blessings?"

Famine is usually characterized by shortage of food and high prices for the food in demand. If we discount what is not really food as being "something else" and we just consider "real food" then must we not conclude that we are in a famine?

What a tragedy to be in a famine, starving to death, all the while living in complete denial.

What are your thoughts?