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You may not know it, but well over half of conventional processed food in the US contains “genetically modified organisms”. GMOs are plants or animals that have been scientifically manipulated by adding bacteria, virus, or other plant and animal DNA to their natural nucleic acid chain. This injected foreign DNA often enables the plants to withstand direct herbicide application and/or causes them to inherently produce an insecticide. There is growing evidence that these alterations are linked to long term health issues, including allergies and digestive problems. A host of other problems are associated with the pesticides being sprayed liberally on these plants, one of which is cancer. The 2 main modified crops in the US are corn and soy, which are in nearly every processed food you eat (corn syrup, soy lecithin, and oils).
If you’d like to start paying attention to your consumption, it can be difficult as there are no requirements to label GMO ingredients. That is until now. After previous narrow defeats across the country, GMO labeling has finally been passed by the state of Vermont for requirements to begin in the summer of 2016. The victory is not without vehement attack, however, as the Food Industry threatened lawsuits even before the votes were in. I’ve seen a photo of the lead agency, the Grocery Manufacturers Association, depicted as the devil. How eerily congruent with the spiritual reality.
The truth is that Seed modification by means of poison has been around since the perfect Garden of Eden. It began the day that Satan came to Eve and said, “Did God really say…?” Adam and Eve’s ingestion of that altered seed caused their demise and the sinful nature of the entire human population thereafter.
Today, the game is still the same. If the enemy can’t steal or choke the Word sown into your heart (Matthew 13:3-23), he will work very subtly to twist it just enough to get you to ingest it into the good soil of your heart. Like GMO produce it may look and even taste the same, but overtime symptoms of damage from the inside out will be revealed.
Physically if you are looking to avoid eating GMO produce by growing your own fruits and vegies, you’ll have to be selective. Seed packets aren’t labeled and Monsanto (the company that owns not only the GMO seeds, but the Round Up that these plants are resistant to and sprayed with) has acquired several seed brands that you will find in your local store. Spiritually similar, it is so important to know the Word of God yourself by reading and asking God for wisdom and understanding so that you can discern whether the teachers you are regularly exposed to are rightly dividing the Word speaking grace and truth.
“Indeed, some of your own men will arise and distort the truth in order to lure the disciples into following them.” Acts 20:30 ISV
All of what you ingest should point to Jesus. He is grace and truth. He is your righteousness. He is wisdom. Returning to nature with your food is beautiful and blessed, but may your passion for purity in the Seed of the Word of God be most important to you. Tainted Word sown in your heart can have a negative effect on you.
All your ingestion, both physical and spiritual, should rest in and on Jesus and what He’s done for you. It is through Him alone that we have health, life, and protection – even protection from GMO side effects. Offer your body, mind, heart, will, and spirit to Him in all things and He will lead you in wisdom to make choices that bring you the life He’s paid for and extinguish every fiery dart thrown by the enemy.
Prayer – “Lord, thank You that in your omniscience You knew that our food system would be tainted today. Thank You that You paid the price to counteract even that 2000 years ago on the cross. I choose to release any fear and rest in the perfect work of Jesus in the area of allmy eating. I ask for wisdom from heaven, which is first of all pure, and thank You that You give it to all without finding fault. Lead me into godliness, grace, and truth by your Holy Spirit. May Your Grace and Truth guard and guide my heart in all things all the days of my life. In Jesus name. Amen.”
Verses for Meditation:
“This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God.” Luke 8:11 NIV
“But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 11:3 NASB
“You put on the new self, the one created according to God’s likeness in righteousness and purity of the truth.” Ephesians 4:24 HCSB
“In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one” Ephesians 6:16 ESV
“It’s not what goes into your mouth that defiles you; you are defiled by the words that come out of your mouth.” Matthew 15:11 NLT
“A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” Luke 6:45 NIV
“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” Proverbs 4:23 NLT
“Hear, my son, and be wise, and direct your heart in the way.” Proverbs 23:19 ESV
“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6 NIV
“God has united you with Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made him to be wisdom itself. Christ made us right with God; he made us pure and holy, and he freed us from sin.” 1 Corinthians 1:30 NLT
LOVE IN ACTION
Although purity of the Gospel takes precedence and Jesus Himself is all we need for health, a desire for purity of creation for both honor of the Lord and care for other people is also good. Here are a few different ways to fight for the integrity of God’s creation.
1. Start your own garden. As discussed in the blog, it’s important to be selective. Sow True Seed
offers heirloom seeds that are non-GMO, both organic and traditional varieties.
2. Buy organic/certified non-GMO products, especially those containing corn or soy. Sadly, even these products cannot claim 100% GMO free due to natural cross pollination by neighboring farms. They are the best way to ensure minimal consumption though, and offer support of good growing practices.
3. Limit consumption of products of GMA members. GMA is one of the largest proponents of GMO. Member
dues keep this association strong.
4. Petition further modifications. This article from Rodale
describes a new modification that is being contemplated for implementation. Click the petition link at the bottom to be included in the stand against it.