For decades now, it has been nutritional orthodoxy that red meat is bad for you. Experts told us it was linked to cancer, heart disease, and other major health problems. But just this week, a substantial research article questioned the anti-red-meat consensus. In their review of dozens of nutritional studies, they found very weak evidence that reducing red meat intake would offer any health benefits. Long live the Ribeye!
So often, trusted scientific “facts” flip flop throughout our lifetimes. It’s bewildering to try to keep up with the latest research on every little thing, from a child’s crib to the dinner plate. But the Bible, along with some old-fashioned common sense, is still the best guide for life.
A long time before medical journals Solomon published Proverbs, which says, “Be not among drunkards or among gluttonous eaters of meat, for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty…” (Proverbs 23:20-21). The Bible is against over-indulgence and abuse of any food or drink. In the New Testament, Paul criticized false teachers in Philippi because “their god is their belly” (Philippians 3:19). They dishonored the name of Christ by worshipping food and their own pleasure in created things. How we eat is also spiritual choice. If we love our Creator, then this will make every food something we gratefully accept from God, to be used responsibly. How we eat matters even more than what we eat.
God, we ask that you would give us self-control and moderation, so that we can have the longevity and energy to be on mission for you throughout our life. Fill us with gratitude for the meals we have, which you have provided for us to enjoy. May every meal point us back to the ultimate food for our souls and the giver of every good gift—You, our Creator.
About First Baptist Dallas and Dr. Robert Jeffress
Dr. Robert Jeffress is a best-selling author of 24 books, a nationally and internationally syndicated TV and radio host and the senior pastor of First Baptist Dallas, one of the largest and most influential churches in America. Pathway to Victory, Dr. Jeffress’ broadcast ministry, airs daily nationwide on more than 900 radio stations and is broadcast live to 195 countries. His latest book, “Choosing the Extraordinary Life,” is available in bookstores everywhere. He is an evangelical adviser to the president of the United States, Donald J. Trump.