Moving in alternative circles (homeschooling – you get all types!) I often meet people who consider it’s a virtue to drink barley green powder, or goji juice. That would be o.k. if it were left at that, but they attach offense to eating less desirable things like sugar, think chocolate is evil (whoa! you lost me right there), and spend disproportionate amounts of time trying to convert me to their vegan ways.

One woman was so persistent, so doggedly determined to make me see the light, that I had to shock her almost speechless by announcing that I eat bacon and eggs every Sunday, love chocolate second only to my family, and wouldn’t give up coffee if you paid me.

Overall, I would consider our family eats a healthy, balanced, and varied diet. It is rare that we eat take away, we don’t eat much that is processed or tinned, and if we really want to treat ourselves to something special, we buy blueberries (they can be up to $7 for a 150gram pack, which doesn’t go far in our family!).

How reliable is the health advice that is followed so closely? One report will say soy is helping the fight against cancer, another will name it the cause. There seems many, regular, “new” discoveries of “miracle” foods that will optimize your health and heal everything from warts to arthritis (and cost you the equivalent of a house deposit!). Often, the only assurance you have of the effectiveness of the product is the report of the retailer.

What spirit is behind the quest for perfect health in this life? Some kind of humanistic desire to control length of days? While I believe we need to be responsible for our health, and that of our family, and that teaching children poor eating habits is akin to child abuse, there seems something very out of kilter here.

This life is but a vapor. Should we be so passionately trying to convert others to health in their physical bodies, while their eternal destiny is at stake? What really matters? Should we be pouring the resources of our family into the health food shop, while our brothers and sisters in Christ struggle in poverty in other countries?

I’m not saying we shouldn’t be aware of what we eat; our health is important. But rather than run here and there after the latest health wonder food, ask God what place this issue should have in your life. If it’s pride driving you, don’t be fooled. God doesn’t love health freaks any more than He loves the next person. If it’s control, hand it over to Him, He has numbered the very hairs on your head.

Lastly, as brothers and sisters in Christ, let’s treat each other graciously, regardless of what we eat.