For many, the word deliverance has been synonymous with vices such as alcohol, drugs, gambling and other life-crippling addictions; however, we must now examine how this term is being paired with our gravest adversary: food.
Most of us will admit that beyond gifts and the promising prospect of a brand new year, we are most excited about the food that will be served up at dinner tables across the country.
Food is not only a tenant of nourishment for the human race, but it is also a staple within the African American community. It is apart of our culture that tells and reflects our rich history.
Beyond those cultural elements that are attributed to the foods we eat, we must also admit that food makes us comfortable as well. There’s just something about food that makes us feel good!
However, there are some things that we do to and with food, such as over-indulgence, preparation and abuse, that has allowed food to become one of the leading attributes in the demise of so many in the black community.
In our society, we have watched food become a dangerous addiction of mass proportions. It’s in our faces constantly, on every corner within our communities as well as so engraved in our daily habits, that we almost find ourselves facing an immense challenge just to maintain a reasonable portion of health in our culture.
In keeping with the theme of staples within our community, I would be remiss not to raise the subject of how our church experience closely relates to this deadly obsession.
Those that believe in and have experienced the power of true deliverance, will for the most part agree, that it can only be achieved when we request to be delivered from the cause and source of any addiction or strong-hold, and not just its mere effects.
I desire not just to be delivered from the desire to abuse alcohol, but also from whatever is within me that needs it.
I not only want to be delivered from drugs, but I want to identify that place or spirit within myself that depends on it.
The point lies here, while standing in prayer lines seeking deliverance from the travails of hypertension, heart disease and other ailments that have been proven to be closely correlated with what and how we eat, we must be sincere and earnest in our request to seek deliverance from our addiction and emotional tie to food.
Because after we become the recipients of the laying on of hands and earnest prayer, hours later we then become the patrons of buffets, fast food chains and other “pushers” of the essence of our plight. This is a pattern that is carbon-copied all across our nation every Sunday afternoon.
So in a sense, we keep ourselves in a position where we are looking through the glass-ceiling of our own inability to inhabit real deliverance. This takes place when we go back to those habits that provoked us to search for deliverance in the first place.
Now for those that are still shocked at this bog’s bold and unnecessary indictment of food, please consider that while it is easier to put a spotlight on those things we consider to be more gross and vile (i.e. alcohol and drug addictions, pornography obsessions and gambling just to name a few) our failure to identify and eradicate the “small foxes” is making way for the destruction of the entire vine.
Most of these taboo subjects that need our direct attention are not proper table or church talk. In most cases we hate to deal with the hidden addictions, because they force us to deal with ourselves.
The things that severely damage our existence are not always easily seen. The white lie, the hidden perversions, the gross mental and emotional denial and the perpetuation of generational curses have all been overlooked, ignored and allowed to fly under the radar; and these culprits have done more to keep us stagnant and complacent than any other agent.
There is so much we can do to be proactive in procuring and protecting our own deliverances.
In this case, eating in moderation, making adjustments in how we cook and engaging in a more active lifestyle can curve the affects that food has had on our lives.
At the same token, honestly exploring the reasons why we have the relationship we do with food; will put us on the road to seek out deliverance from and the eradication of the source of our deadly addiction.
Then our bold request will become: “Lord, deliver me, from me!”
No one has ever enjoyed true deliverance without showing some sort of active pursuit or nourishing of it. Whether it is being obedient to directions, abstaining from activities and behaviors or just by simply believing that deliverance would come; history has shown us that faith without works is indeed dead.
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