Isn't It Amazing?
by Ben Kinchlow
Isn't it amazing? God allows us to do things that we really shouldn't do, and protects us from the consequences of our decisions in spite of ourselves. 'Well', I can hear some people asking, 'just what do you mean by that?' I'm glad you asked. I have a particular process in mind. Let me share it with you.
I was having lunch with a friend some time ago, and we were a variety of subject discussings, as you often do over a friendly and extended lunch (especially when somebody else is buying). We talked about such diverse things as predestination, free will, salvation, and divine healing. We both agreed that God pretty much had most of that under control. We did, however, wonder about one particular area, divine healing. 'Why', we wondered, 'were so many Christians sick, in pain, and suffering all kinds of twentieth-century aches and pains that God promised not to put on the children of Israel when they came out of Egypt.' Yet here we were, 'the redeemed of the Lord' suffering, in many cases, to a much greater degree than many of the 'Egyptians' around us. 'Isn't that interesting', we decided. After a delicious dessert of gooey, icky, chocolate-y stuff with extra 'goo', washed down with iced tea (with Sweet & Low for calories), we left to go our separate ways.
Later that afternoon as I finished digesting the S.A.D. (standard American diet) meal, with the help of Rolaids, it began to dawn on me that perhaps we were more the culprits than the victims. Medical doctors have told us that meat in excess, butter, sour cream, salt, sugar, chocolate, cokes, and all the other 'good stuff' can kill us and, in fact, is killing us. They have also said such unpleasant things as 'exercise, drink 8 glasses of clean water per day, and lose weight.' They also have cautioned us against all the wonderful 'lose 100 pounds in a week' and other miracle weight loss pills, drinks, plans, etc. We read about the tragedies of Phen-Fen and other such products that guarantee miracle weight loss, and trust that we won't be one of the bad statistics, but rather one of the TV testimonies. We learn to 'live with' such things as hardening of the arteries, high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease, as consequences of modern 20th-century life. We seldom, if ever, attribute these diseases to life styles that are actually killing us.
It is interesting to note that children are often dying at younger ages than their parents. 'The old folks', aunts, uncles, grandparents, and parents, often live well into their 80's and 90's as vigorous, productive human beings, while the 'modern generation' is ending up with all kinds of diseases such as arthritis, dementia, Alzheimer's, and various other debilitating illnesses. We look forward not to the 'golden years', but hopefully to a 'decent' nursing home, where we are visited not by our children, but by a ministry 'called' to nursing homes.
Could it be that our 60-inch TV sets, our power appliances, our elevators, our sedentery lifestyles, processed sugar, white flour, fertilized mineral-poor vegetables, and 'all you can eat' buffets, are actually shovels throwing dirt into our prematurely-dead faces? Instead of drinking water, we indulge in 'soft' drinks, but made not with that dangerous processed sugar, but with 'wondrous chemicals'.
Despite the claims of the humanists, evolutionists, pseudo-scientists, and other intelligentsia, we were created by God. We did not evolve from lower life forms. God knew exactly what He was doing, and placed on earth everything we need that pertains to 'life and Godliness'. This certainly includes natural foodstuffs, vitamins, mineral-enriched earth, fruits, vegetables, and meat and dairy products in moderation. Fresh, clean non-polluted water to drink, along with hard manual labor to generate oxygen-inducing exercise. Our lungs, heart, arteries, veins, cellular structure, and skeletons, are all designed to support a 120-year-old life span. Could we, by violating simple rules of health and nutrition, be placing ourselves in the position where we sit around and wonder 'whatever happened to divine healing?'
Now, I certainly am not implying, nor do I intend to imply, that many who are suffering from dreadful life-threatening painful diseases have brought this upon themselves by their own actions, but I'll bet you dollars to donuts (frosted, of course) that some of us are our own worst enemies.
I've more to say on this subject, but I'm late for a prime rib dinner. However, I will be having Sweet & Low in my iced tea, or a diet Coke. Gotta' watch those calories, you know.