As I walked through the parking lot into church on Sunday, I was struck by the number of handicapped parking spaces in front of the entrance. Maybe it drew my attention more on this day because the parking lot attendants had placed plastic barricades in front of normal parking spaces in order to create more handicapped spaces. Granted, I attend a large church but I would estimate that on the lower level entrance there were at least 40 handicapped spaces. In a church that has 2,000 – 3,000 people attending on a Sunday morning maybe this wouldn’t seem significant but even smaller churches still maintain 10 or more spaces. Maybe they are used by the elderly to allow then closer access, but even that makes me think. I remember my grandmother who went home to be with the Lord at the age of 97. She was spry and alert until her last year when cancer overtook her body. Her husband, my step grandfather, downhill skied until he was in his 90′s. People marveled at them. What was it that allowed them to enter into their golden years with such a sturdy level of health? I believe there is an answer – and it applies to us today. We can live the same life with a little effort.
1. WORK – My grandmother was born on a farm in Iowa. She worked hard helping her father with all that was needed to maintain the house for herself, her brothers and her father. My great grandmother died when my grandmother was very young. Working hard keeps us fit both bodily and mentally.
Their work was outside so they were exposed to sunshine and clean air. When we move our muscles they contract the lymphatic system and push toxins out. Oxygen enters our blood and increases the pH while decreasing our acidity. Being acidic makes us sick.
2. GREW THEIR OWN FOOD – Growing up on a farm they had access to fresh eggs and meat from free range chickens, grass fed beef and more. These meats would be high in nutrients not commonly found in factory farm animals of today. They had a vegetable garden that was not sprayed with chemicals nor was it filled with hybridized and GMO seeds. All of the food that they would need for the winter was canned and stored in a root cellar for the times when food was scarce. They had no super Wal-marts to run to when they were low on supplies. It took planning – on purpose to have good food to sustain their family. It nourished them and they were blessed.
3. COOKED FROM SCRATCH - All of their food was cooked and prepared from things that they grew as well as things their neighbors and family grew. Life was a community where everyone helped each other. They did not live isolated as we do now being tied to electronic devices for communication with faceless people. Their breads were from stone ground grain (not hybridized) and hand baked. It nourished their bodies and caused them to grow and develop into healthy young people who would go on to produce the next generation of healthy children.
4. DRANK CLEAN WATER – The water they drank came from wells they dug on their own land. The land was not covered in toxic chemicals during farming. It came from deep under grown where the earth worked as the natural filtration system that God intended. No fluoride or other toxic cleaning chemicals or even pharmaceuticals that cannot be removed in the current city water system. People are being medicated with things they don’t need from drinking city water.
5. AVOIDED PHARMAKEIA / VACCINATIONS – My great grandparents immigrated to the United States before my grandmother was born. They were independent people and dealt with health issues through natural methods. I cannot remember my grandmother ever going to the doctor. She was always healthy. She was the one who cared for others. She never took medications and was not vaccinated. When you look at the average American and prescription medication intake, a recent study shows:
- More than half of Americans take two prescription medications, and 20 percent of Americans are on at least five prescription medications.
- The number of people taking prescription drugs has increased to 48 percent in 2007-2008, from 44 percent in 1999-2000.
- Cholesterol-lowering drugs are prescribed to 11 percent of people in the study.
- Vaccines are prescribed to 11 percent of people in the study.
- Vaccines, anti-asthma drugs and antibiotics are the most common kinds of drugs prescribed to people younger than 19.
- More women than men receive prescription medications.
- Antidepressant prescriptions are more common among women than men, and are most common among women ages 50 to 64 (an age group in which nearly 25 percent of women take antidepressants).
(Taken from Huffington Post, 2013)
Prescription medications are out of control. We cannot sustain poisoning our body with toxic chemicals. These drugs work by blocking receptors and poisoning enzymes. By taking these medications, we, as Christians, are saying to God, “You made a mistake in the function of my body and I need to override your design with a chemical”. Is that what we believe? If the answer is no, then why are we continuing to worship at the feet of the white coated gods who dole out chemical poisons to us?
6. STRONG FAITH IN GOD - The people of my grandparents generation had a strong faith in God. Their faith, Bible and church were at the center of their existence. They spent their lives living out the commandments of God. The faith showed them from whom they drew their strength and healing. Medical doctors were not like they are today. They came to your home when you were ill, black back in hand. They were not armed with the Merck Manual, advanced nuclear medical equipment and a pharmacy of thousands of drugs at their disposal. Common sense prevailed and so did natural remedies.
I love Dr Lorraine Day MD and what she has to say about what a physician / healer is. She speaks with authority having been sick with cancer and experiencing Gods healing. She shares with us this article, “What does the Bible say about Doctors?”
Christians today are looking for a quick fix to their health conditions. They ask for prayer from other believers and then continue to do as they please expecting to be healed from a pill and a prayer. I cannot tell you how many times people tell me that they cannot do a natural method because insurance won’t cover it. People would rather take poison and have someone else pay for it than to get back to basics and follow God’s design for our body and our life. It really is that simple.
Christians, we are called to be salt and light to the world. We are to look different and act different. Your body is the temple of God and you are to treat it that way. If you were in charge of the physical Jewish temple would you throw trash into it, allow others to come in and trash it and the pray that somehow it would restore itself? Of course you wouldn’t. You would treat it with care. Why do you think less of the body God gave you to care for? Why do you allow yourself and your children to consume the garbage food and take the poison pills?
Imagine if all of the Christians were able to live an abundant life full of vitality. Imagine if we all had so much energy that we could work our job and then give back easily. Imagine if we were happy and our attitude was so different that others wondered why. Imagine ……..
Instead Christain’s are overweight, undernourished, depressed, tired, angry and self centered. Is this God’s design for the church?
These are supposed to be the fruits of the spirit we see in believers.
Galatians 5:22-23 (KJV)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Instead the modern rotten fruits that prevail are……
Hate, unhappiness, anxiety, suffering, harshness, vengeance, unbelief, self-centeredness, and indulgence.
I am not kidding when I say that medications and lack of good food can cause these rotten fruits to appear.
At this point you are probably thinking that I am acting pretty condemning and that it isn’t nice to judge or point fingers. After all that’s the mantra lately. Don’t judge.
There was a time when I could have pointed the finger at myself. Guess what this behavior got me? Cancer, two surgeries, three rounds of radiation and 6 years of suffering that left me near death. I can also add that no amount of drugs or crappy food fixed the issue. As long as lived in rebellion to God’s rules I was dying…. and many of you are too. You are not living. I was so bad for so long that I had no idea what health felt like. Now I do and I never want to go back. I want this health for you and for your families. That is why I am sharing this with you today. In hopes that you are not one of the people who, one day, needs to park in the handicapped spot due to your rebellion.
Here are are some simple strategies to get you started:
1. Real food - eat it, make it, play with it, cook it.
2. Good fats - Fats are not the enemy when they are the good ones. Your cell walls are comprised of fats. Your brain is mostly fat. Your hormones need fats. Many vitamins are fat soluable (meaning they need fat to absorb into your body). Low fat diets make you angry and hormonally imbalanced. The good fats are butter (Kerry Gold my favorite), avocados, coconut oil and olive oil.
3. Water – Drink clean filtered water. Ditch the sodas. Sodas add empty calories, make your body acidic and rob your bones of calcium and magnesium to buffer the acidity. Water hydrates, cleanses and makes you younger. Dehydration is the root of many “diseases”.
These three simple things can put you on the road to wellness. Add some exercise like walking and your body will respond. I promise.
3 John 1:2King James Version (KJV)
2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.