I once heard it said that truly organic farming in North America is impossible because the ground is already too contaminated. I would add to that my thought that truly organic food would look so unappealing to our “mechanistic” eyes that we would not want to eat it anyway.
Judging by the ads on TV and the merchandising in the stores, many farmers and food retailers are jumping on the organic bandwagon and the consumers are happy to have it so.
“Organic” means we can keep on consuming pretty much the same old stuff in the same old way and feel that we have changed our ways for the better. But I’m afraid we are deluded. I am taking a guess that our “organic” food is just as toxic and nutritionally depleted as the old “mechanistic” food was.
We cannot escape the fact that if we want truly organic food, that is both free of toxins and nutritionally complete, we would need to transform our thinking, that is, experience a paradigm shift, concerning the way we produce and distribute food and how much we will need to pay for it.
To have truly organic food would mean that mechanistic farming and all its associated ways of handling, storing and distributing food would have to be done away with altogether. This is why people may be happy to give mental ascent to the concept of organic food but the reality would be far too difficult, many would say unrealistic, even impossible.
As I scan the virtual horizon on the worldwide web, I see many people jumping on the spiritually “organic” bandwagon; house church, simple church, organic church, organic fellowship. However, after reading the content of websites and blogs it soon becomes apparent that the vast majority of what is on offer as organic is nothing of the sort.
The “ground” has not been cleansed of toxins, the farming methods have not really changed that much and the consumers are still consuming pretty much the same old toxic and nutritionally depleted food as the old “mechanistic” stuff was.
For the body of Christ to become truly organic will mean a transformation, a paradigm shift in our thinking, such that nothing of our old way remains. We will need a new and living way, nothing less.
We can give mental ascent to becoming organic and living as the ekklesia but the reality is going to take much more than jumping on the organic bandwagon. It’s going to mean repentance that will cost us most everything we hold dear.
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