One thing that could help promote a better sense of stewardship in our hearts is taking a walk around the farm. The goal of the walk should not be to dwell on the work you need to do on the farm, but rather to simply walk the farm with its Owner. Apparently God walked with Adam, the first steward, in the garden of Eden. And I think the Lord would enjoy walking with us around the farms He has given us.
While there may be exceptions, our ‘communities’ have largely become depersonalized and non-relational. The problem is that people are still personal. We haven’t become impersonal, but how we think of people and their ideas has been corrupted. So what is the solution? And what does this have to do with food? Food has much to do with this because it is an integral part of hospitality. And hospitality is a large part of the solution to our mess.
Too often we want to break things down to the specifics and forget that life is interconnected. Instead we can, and should, discuss economics, nutrition, aesthetics, community, etc. all under the subject of food.
While it is good to strive for goodness and beauty in our food, if we are unthankful, we will defeat our own efforts. Unthankfulness is a refusal to praise God, a refusal to enjoy Him. Selfishness is the opposite of thankfulness, and if I had to pick one thing that is wrong with the current view of food, selfishness would be a top choice.
When we consider food we should not isolate and examine it apart from life. We live in a world that is interconnected, that is not necessarily put in neat isolated boxes. What we do with food is very connected with the rest of life. One example is the connection between history and food.
In this third review of Joel Salatin’s audio message, I want to consider some of his charges regarding community values. Values extend far beyond production methods and health choices, but include the way that people, animals, and God’s creation are considered and treated. Pursuing the establishment of values in our food systems will give us more consistency, and ultimately, credibility.
View farming and food as an area to exercise consistency, such that in this—the only area in which some non-Christians will see our faith manifested—we are in harmony with our profession of serving God and believing He created the earth.
The traditional method of understanding nutrition consisted of the macronutrients of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. Carbohydrates are energizing; proteins are fortifying; fats are lubricating—to put it basically. New nutrition understanding is pointing to a fourth food source deserving of a prominent place alongside the other three (though comprised of the first three elements) –Green Foods.