I have seen recently why so many refer to Whole Foods Market as “Whole Paycheck.” I could also call it “Whole Afternoon.” There are a lot of great products there. I’ve become quite the connoisseur of all things organic lately. When I first started shopping there, I was really only looking for whole grain options, but as I have come to embrace less processing, artificial ingredients, and added hormones, I find that most of my shopping can be done there instead of the Price Chopper up the hill from our place.
But lest we deceive ourselves, the label of organic doesn’t equate to healthy. Not by a long shot. The absence (or minimal use) of pesticides means squat when you process the wholesomeness out of everything, and add tons of sugar. Did you know that brown rice syrup, dextrose, evaporated cane juice, fructose, sorghum syrup, and treacle are all just fancy names for sugar? Organic junk food can include candy, chips, doughnuts, cookies, ice cream… you get the idea.
I repeat: just because the label says “organic” does not mean it’s good for you.
Interesting. Does labeling music, movies, books, etc. as “Christian” mean they are better for you spiritually than ones that aren’t? Again, not by a long shot. In fact, I have felt brain cells hemorrhaging as I listened to supposedly “Christian” songs with no depth whatsoever. Even “worship” songs can be so devoid of theological ballast as to equate to Top 40 tripe. To be fair, I never saw Fireproof or Facing the Giants, but I have enough bad-media memories of the Left Behind movies (or the books, for that matter) that I was skittish about trying more.
Yet how many times have I been moved to tears by the beauty of a film with no overt message of faith? How often have I been captivated by lyrics so arresting that I didn’t need a Jesus mention to make it worth repeated listening? Good art points to the good, the true, and the beautiful, regardless of its author’s specific belief system. In that sense, all truth is God’s truth.
To maintain a healthy diet, one should choose fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean meats and dairy, and avoid excess fat, sugar, refined grains, and processed food. To maintain a healthy diet of media, one should carefully consider the value not because it claims to be Christian but because it causes you to see the world more as Christ would. And just like you can get fat eating nothing but healthy, organic food, there comes a time when you need to escape the media altogether and get yourself out into Creation.