January 20, 2014

Eating our way to the great banquet

Jane Yoder-Short wrote this column for the
Mennonite World Review, January 20 issue.
She attends the West Union Mennonite Church
in Parnell, Iowa, and formerly attended a church
where I served as pastor in Lafayette, Indiana.

Should one serve hummus to a hog farmer? Clashing food “shoulds” fill our conversations.
Mennonites are divided. Some of us refuse to eat meat; others raise meat. Some of us protest the size of chicken cages; others sort eggs from the cages. Some of us wouldn’t eat anything trucked over 100 miles; others make decisions based solely on price. Both sides can sound self-righteous.
Whether we like it or not, our food habits are part of the global economy. Economic interests and ecological implications flavor our food choices. What we eat is not a simple choice.
Jesus lived before genetically modified olives, before pesticide-tinged lentils, before food-transporting trucks, before fish were tainted with mercury, before environmental degradation was a massive problem.
Jesus gives us no clear directives about food choices. If we want a model of a locavore, we should look to John the Baptist, who dined on locusts and wild honey.    Read more
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