We enjoy preparing good food for others. As it turns out, we enjoy preparing it for ourselves too. Few things elicit gratefulness as much as good food, thoughtfully prepared.
Like the Hebrews, who posted pictures of their favorite foods from Egypt on Instagram, we focus on what we want. Our deprivation increases desire.
Is modern agribusiness with its abuses of labor, animals, and health a form of idolatry? Perhaps. But pride in our food sources or esthetic can be idolatry too.
Even the devout often give thanks with no consideration to the rain, the soil, the farmer, the process, or even the taste. There is no awe of the miracle, especially if it comes in a box.
This begins a series on the ethics of food: how to pray over it, think about it and choose it, all without judging your neighbor or violating your conscience.