15 September 2020: Diet and Scripture.

One of the issues about having to restrict your food is that you should be discreet about it. I’m carnivorish: I eat very little grains and vegetables, because a low inflammatory diet helps Kea and me. A couple of days ago, we had a family meal, followed by being at a meal with a family who are meat free.

And all my old injuries ache. It takes a few days to settle down from that.

I said carnivorish for a reason. There is an ideal diet, and then there is being a prig about it and offending people with how we eat. We should not do that.

Apart from Bacon Butties. they offend the greens, the vegans and Muslims and taste delicious. Pity the bacon and bread both increase inflammation for Kea. I abstain for her sake.

Romans 14:13-15:2

13 Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather determine this—not to put an obstacle or a stumbling block in a brother’s way. 14 I know and am convinced in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself; but to him who thinks anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean. 15 For if because of food your brother is hurt, you are no longer walking according to love. Do not destroy with your food him for whom Christ died. 16 Therefore do not let what is for you a good thing be spoken of as evil; 17 for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. 18 For he who in this way serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men. 19 So then we pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another. 20 Do not tear down the work of God for the sake of food. All things indeed are clean, but they are evil for the man who eats and gives offense. 21 It is good not to eat meat or to drink wine, or to do anything by which your brother stumbles. 22 The faith which you have, have [e]as your own conviction before God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves. 23 But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith; and whatever is not from faith is sin.

15 Now we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of those without strength and not just please ourselves. 2 Each of us is to please his neighbor for his good, to his edification.

I’m not kosher: anyone who has seen me devour seafood stew knows that.

I don’t really care about seasons and days — the day we tend to rest is Saturday, because on Sunday we do church and see family and in the evening get ready for the week. i need to plan the week, and if i don’t do it Sunday (along with putting the poetry up for the week) it tends not to get done.

But around others, I pay attention to what they do. This can become a weapon for the prigs — in lockdown we had one such live with us, and demand why we did not eat toast as she did every bloody morning for eight weeks, which nicely ruined that relationship.

The same thing applies in politics and theology. You are hard core reformed? Fantastic, so am I. But don’t go ultra reformed and start seeing Papism everywhere. There are people who are Catholics you should read — both before and after the reformation. Lewis was High Church Anglican, Belloc and Chesterton and Mr John Wright are Catholic.

The people of God will know each other despite the political divisions made historically.

Our elite want us divided. We should not be like them.