Last summer, Pastor Nabors, our former minister, visited us from the US and remarked at how wonderful the fruit and vegetables looked along Uxbridge Road. He mentioned that many poor people in American cities do not have easy access to fresh food. This has led to increasing incidents of diet related health problems such as diabetes and heart trouble.
It is interesting to me how poor individual choices often come from the options we have available. Sure, no child is forced to eat fried chicken and chips every day, but if fruit and vegetables are not easily available, it’s understandable why unhealthy choices are made.
Honestly, I think we are much more influenced by our environment than any of us would care to admit.
The bible lets us know that the influences upon the choices we make are much more complex than we initially realize. Of course, we are personally responsible, but there is pressure upon us to live lives counter to the good life God intended by our inner sinful nature, our spiritual enemy AND the world around us. Paul writes in Ephesians 2:1-3:
And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.
Thankfully, we have a God who is at work restoring life – in all areas – as Paul continues:
But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ
God has made his people alive together through his grace. Part of what this life together means is that we work against the systems of this world which corrupt the good life he has intended. Making sure healthy food is available to everyone is one little way in which we can push back against the corrupt forces of this world.
May God give us grace in the process AND more fruit and veg along the way.