Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Attributes and Retribution

Anymore, good-thinking-times aren't just anytime, but seem to be more in the morning. On our way back from "The Spot" I was thinking about Jesus' return and turned to the East. There was a small blue patch of sky  that had broken free from the clouds.
I pondered the prophecy that the saved rejoice at His return, but for those who said "No!" every time opportunity and grace were extended...they  will be slain by the brightness of Christ's second coming. "Why is that?" I wondered. One rejoices, another is slain.
Here are my thoughts: Throughout their lives the righteous have allowed and accepted more and more of the Holy Spirit into their lives and He has daily brought them closer and closer to Christ. His attributes of character are becoming theirs. They have become a reflection of their Savior.
The opposite is true of the wicked. Their character reflects the attributes of their chosen leader, the Devil. Therefore, the wicked stand totally alone and unprotected from the righteous character of Jesus Christ. It is the Goodness of Jesus that destroys the Evil of the wicked.
The brilliant white light of the Righteousness of Christ is a purifying light. That which kills the viral seeds of sin in the wicked is reflected in the saved because they have invited and allowed that light to shine in their lives.
I think I understand this text more clearly now. Thank you Lord.
"And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming." [2nd Thessalonians 2:8]
Choose to serve the Lord while it is called Today. e.c.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Rolex Christianity

One of the first tasks of my day is to empty the Hotmail bin of all junk. Everything from "Wanna see my pix?" to today's "Perfect Rolex-clone." Of course it's not really a Rolex, it just looks like a Rolex.
Of course, off went my mind went on its own so I tagged along to see where it would go. Sure enough, comparisons of phony vs. real watches and phony vs. real Christians were making their way through my matter grey...or is it gray...whatever.
Of course (excuse me, those words just repeated themselves. It must have been something I thought, I think.) There is an essential ingredient in the making of all things authentic, whether it be wrist watches or character; and that would be the designer's credentials. Only ROLEX can produce the real thing and only the HOLY SPIRIT can create an authentic and lasting character after the design of Christ. We have the choice of buying a Rolex or a perfect Rolex-clone. We have the choice of "appearing" to be Christ-like, to make an impression and appear authentic, or we choose to allow the Holy Spirit to "assemble" us after His likeness. If anything, appearances are not everything. In time, when weighed in the balances, will we be counted either authentic or a cheap imitation; made for show but having no real value nor certificate of origin.
Listen to W.H. Branson talk about what Christ did for us:
"The Spirit testifies that the death of Christ was a willing sacrifice. 'He gave himself.' He was not torn from the throne by the Father and thrust forth into the world, but he craved the privilege of coming. He went not as a reluctant, but as a willing, victim to the altar. He was not dragged to the cross. He went there voluntarily. He was urged forward by His undying love for man. He loved sinners so ardently that He loved not His own life unto the death. His love for us was so great that it blunted  the sense of the pain that was required to redeem us. Not all the Jews in the raving mob outside Pilate's judgment hall could have driven Him to Calvary; not all the Roman soldiers could have carried Him there; but His eternal love took Him there! No nails could have held Him to the cross, but His love for men fastened Him there. It was all a voluntary sacrifice... They (Jews and Romans) thought they were forcing Him. They believed Him to be in their power. But He knew that He was willingly rushing to the rescue of lost humanity at the cost of life itself" W.H. Branson, The Holy Spirit pg.50. Southern Publ. Assoc. Nashville, TN. 1933.
Watch and pray. e.c.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Psalm 23

The Complete Jewish Bible is a translation by David H. Stern published in 1998. Jewish names and words are used and in the New Testament (B'rit Hadashah) words and passages taken from the Old Testament (Tanakh) are given in bold font which makes it very easy to see how much of the OT has been brought into the NT. Quoted here is Stern's translation of Psalm (Tehillim) 23.

"Adonai is my shepherd: I lack nothing.
He has me lie down in grassy pastures,
he leads me by quiet waters,
he restores my inner person.

He guides me in right paths
for the sake of his own name.
Even if I pass through death-dark ravines,
I will fear no disaster; for you are with me;
your rod and staff reassure me.

You prepare a table for me
even as my enemies watch;
you anoint my head with oil
from an overflowing cup.

Goodness and grace will pursue me
every day of my life;
and I will live in the house of Adonai
for years and years to come."

Blessings. e.c.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Right Turn

We man, two dogs...were on our daily early-morning check trek down to the "spot" and back. The dogs check out every thing "new" and some things old on these walks.
There is a white "spot" painted on the road that marks the location of a diamond-shaped sign warning that the road makes a sharp turn to the right. Walking back home I started thinking about what the sign might mean, other than the obvious. The nation turning to the right? I don't think so. People doing the "right" things for the right reasons? Nope! don't see that either. Here is what I think: My decision for today is to live for Christ and be sheltered from Satan and his minions in the hollow of the hand of God.
So while it is called Today, I have decided to follow Jesus, the Christ, where ever that path takes me. Do what is right for the right reasons; be an upright person; when tempted, turn to the spiritual and moral "right"; be meek, be humble....but write with a sharp pencil.
Go figure. Sabbath blessings begin this evening. e.c.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Into All the World...(Support AWR)

Good morning dear souls. Recently I upgraded my Ham Radio license from Technician to General which means that many more high frequency bands are available. There has been no small amount of frustration as of late because conditions have been poor and only a few contacts have been made (AK, CO, MN, CA) and I'm anxious to get "out" into DX'ing (work the world). Well, there are some issues with the antenna and so DX'ing has not been possible. But last night (though I made no contacts) I was listening to Helsinki, all over the US, and also into Lithuania. The signals came into 5/9 which means they were perfectly readable and free of all distortion. Wow.
This is...KE6CXF and I'll be clear. My XYL is calling. Seven three.
Blessings. e.c.

Monday, June 21, 2010

The First Day of Something...

Skies are overcast with a uniform dull gray layer of clouds. Wind out of the South at 3 mph. Temperature 53 F. Today is the first day of Summer; the much vaunted Summer Solstice; the longest day of the year. In Alaska, perhaps, the sun will not set but dip to the horizon and begin its ascent. But that is in Alaska. Here in Washington it rained several days last week and rain is forecast Wednesday through our house.
Prozac is eaten like candy hereabouts because depression, like the rain, comes often and regularly. Sun, little to none. Vitamin D is another dietary staple. We are designed to produce Vitamin D simply by being in the sun; not overly so to the point of making too much melanin (suntan), just enough to stave off depression and weak bones. But there is not much sun available.
I guess I need to be grateful that there are no hurricanes, no tsunamis, no tornadoes, no floods (where we are). I "need" to be grateful...but I'm not. Once upon a time we spent the was warm...on the beach in SoCal near Encinitas. It was at Moonlight Beach State Park. I will never forget it. The air temperature and water temperature were the same; 72 degrees. When we got back to the hotel I was as red as a cooked lobster. What a burn. The rays that cause the skin to burn are not affected by California...but here in George's state nothing gets through.
We still turn on the heater every morning and our closets can't make up their minds; they are a mix of sweaters and shorts. The shorts are hanging there in case of an emergency...sunshine and a warm day. Is this a cold Summer or a warm Winter? I don't know.
But cheer up dear souls, because as my mother used to say "It always rains on the fourth of July" and "Some years we don't have a Summer." Wake me when it's over.
Look for a reason to praise the Lord! You'll find one. e.c.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

When Families Fight

In Iraq, how do you tell the difference between innocent citizens and Al Qaeda operatives? The same problem exists in Afghanistan and existed in Vietnam and during the Korean war. When families are at war...a divided nation at war with can we know who is the enemy.
Which brings us (the long way 'round) to the war between Mexico and Arizona. Those who protest the "new" Arizona law do so because they say it leads to racial profiling. And I respond; "Well of course it does! What other clues are that would aid law enforcement to learn whether they are dealing with human trafficking, murderous drug smugglers, or a family running from a worse (drug) war in their own city to a lesser war in the US.
A not-so-funny cartoon appeared online that showed illegal immigrants crossing into the United States. There to greet them were caricature politicians who inquired "What is the password?" With one voice the illegals answered "Vote Democratic."
If this were not so true it might be humorous, but the so-called Democratic "outrage" with Arizona's law has little to do with justice and much to do with politics. Pulling aside the curtain for a closer look, I see this as Obama and his cohort of imported Chicago thugs exploiting the issue for their own political gain.
If that were not true, the Federal Government would seek ways to reinforce the border, enforce immigration laws, and protect innocent US citizens from being terrorized by those illegals that are lawless, dangerous, and murderous. Why else would the White House do nothing...including halting the construction of "the fence" which at least is a speed bump in the race from Mexico to the US.
The quaint streets of Mexican cities, once a pleasure to visit, are now being littered with the bodies of Los Federales, drug smugglers, and innocent citizens who may be so unfortunate as to be caught in the crossfire.
Arizona is caught in the crossfire of politics and their politicking.
So, how does one know the difference between a Mexican felon, drug smuggler, human trafficker, and a murderer? I don't know! Perhaps they should be stopped and asked.....Noooo. You would think that innocent, legal Mexican US citizens would be just as interested in protecting their families from criminals as any other family.
Bite by bite, crime by crime, murder by murder, illegal Mexicans are making it unsafe to live in or near some parts of the United States. What is this? Some sort of inverse "Remember the Alamo?" Go figure. And when you do share the answer.
It will get worse. e.c.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

God Writes a Song: thoughts from Deuteronomy 31

"Then Moses went and spoke these words to all Israel. And he said to them: 'I am one hundred and twenty years old today. I can no longer go out and come in. Also the Lord has said to me, "You shall not cross over this Jordan.'" [Deuteronomy 31:1, 2]
Moses is about to die. He has led the children of Israel forty years, through every imaginable circumstance; natural and supernatural. The Lord tells Moses he is told to go with Joshua to the Tabernacle where the Lord will "...inaugurate him." [vs. 14]. And the Lord said to Moses: "Behold, you will rest with your fathers; and this people will rise and play the harlot with the gods of the foreigners of the land, where they go to be among them, and they will forsake Me and break my covenant which I have made with them." [vs. 16].
The Lord says to Moses: "Now therefore, write down this song for yourselves, and teach it to the children of Israel; put it in their mouths, that this song may be a witness for Me against the children of Israel.
                                    The Sad Song of The Lord
When I have brought them to the land flowing with milk and honey
Of which I swore to their fathers
And they have eaten and filled themselves and grown fat
Then they will turn to other gods and serve them
And they will provoke Me and break My covenant
Then it shall be
When many evils and troubles have come upon them
That this song will testify against them as a witness
For it will not be forgotten in the mouths of their descendants
For I know the inclination of their behavior today
Even before I have brought them to the land of which I swore them.
[Deuteronomy 31:20, 21]

What were the thoughts of Moses as he wrote down these words? Was he surprised? Probably not. Disappointed? Probably so. Broken hearted? Most probably so. The hearts of fathers and mothers are broken when they see their children descend into lives of rebellion against God. After 40 years, in a very real sense, Israel's children were Moses' children.
The end of the story is almost upon us. God is about to take His children into the long-Promised-Land. Moses' words to Israel are the Lord's words to us today: "Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you." [vs. 6]
May the blessings of Sabbath be with you throughout the coming week.
Shalom. e.c.

Friday, June 18, 2010

"Kingdom Coming"

"Kingdom Coming" is the name of a book written by Michelle Goldberg, a young, talented writer who styles her view of the world as that of a secular Jew. The main that Christian Evangelical churches are as much into politics as preaching; more perhaps.
Here are a few selected quotes that should give any SDA reason for concern...and hope. "One of the most crucial current questions for progressives is how to preserve that embattled legacy [those who framed a godless federal constitution] without further alienating their overwhelmingly pious fellow citizens. The stakes are high. Those who aren't Christian--or who aren't the right kind of Christian--can never be full citizens of the country the Christian Nationalists want to create. The birth of the Christian nation means the destruction of the pluralist beacon that inspires the often anguished love of liberal patriots. America is not yet close to becoming a theocracy, but it is in danger of turning into a place where only conservative Christians really belong." [pg. 30.9-31.3]
The following statement was released by the Family Research Council in 2000 in response to a Hindu-priest-offered invocation before Congress: "Our Founders expected that Christianity--and no other religion--would receive support from the government as long as that support did not violate peoples' consciences and their right to worship. They would have found utterly incredible the idea that all religions, including paganism, be treated with equal deference." [pg. 32.2-32.4]
George Grant, in his book The Changing of the Guard: Biblical Principles for Political Action wrote: "Christians have an obligation, a mandate, a commission, a holy responsibility to reclaim the land for Jesus Christ--to have dominion in civil structures, just as in every other aspect of life and godliness....World conquest. That's what Christ has commissioned us to accomplish. We must win the world with the power of the Gospel. And we must never settle for anything less...Thus, Christian politics has as its primary intent the conquest of the land--of men, families, institutions, bureaucracies, courts, and governments for the Kingdom of Christ." [pg. 30.9-41.5] [Original source; George Grant, The Changing of the Guard (Ft. Worth: Dominion Press, 1987), pp. 50-51.]
Most probably you've heard of George Barna, a respected evangelical pollster. Of Barna, Goldberg writes "By his measures, almost 40 percent of Americans are born-again Christians, but only 7 percent are true evangelicals. Among both cohorts, there is substantial support for amending the United States Constitution to make Christianity the country's official religion--66 percent of evangelicals endorse the idea, as do 44 percent of other born-again Christians. [pg. 9]
Unknowingly and fascinatingly, Goldberg is chronicling the unfolding of a prophetic scenario Adventists have warned of for more than one hundred years.
Some may wish to read this book so I post this "warning" (smile); though an excellent writer with command of style and vocabulary, she writes "sneeringly" and with a sharp pencil. Here are the details on the book: [Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism. (W.W. Norton & Company, New York, N.Y.) 2006].
Sabbath is Coming! e.c.

Thursday, June 17, 2010


People who do things like this give God a bad reputation.
Everyone knows the world is watching soccer games (football) that are currently underway in South Africa. Almost everyone also knows that men like to watch sports...this writer excepted.
It seems that the wife and kids (not young children) wanted to watch a gospel show, but the husband wanted to watch soccer. There was an argument over the remote, the family took the remote away from the father, he got up to change the channel on the they killed him. Seriously!
Sometimes it can be embarassing to be a Christian.
Go Figure.       

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

To The Sun and Back In Less Than 8 Minutes

Maybe you haven't heard; the Sun is misbehaving and solar scientists are scratching their heads. The solar cycle lasts about 11 years as activity alternately increases and decreases. During periods of decreased activity there are fewer sunspots, fewer charged particles are emmitted that flow to earth, communications worldwide aren't quite as good, etc. The opposite is true when the number of sunspots increases. You can read more about it at the following link;  

Here is the title of the piece;
Sun's strange behavior baffles astronomers

Constant interaction with Earth makes it important to track solar activity

So what's going on? Is this something else that is being added to the growing list of things awry with the world? Probably so. The Bible has plenty to say about end times and the strange going's on that accompany them. Remember this...
"They shall neither hunger nor thirst, neither heat nor sun shall strike them; For He who has mercy on them will lead them, even by the springs of water He will guide them." [Isaiah 49:10]

No shortage of things think-about and write-about today.
Blessings. e.c.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Back to Deuteronomy...And the Sabbath

Matthew tells the story of Christ and the disciples walking through a field (on the Sabbath) and plucking the mature heads of grain, rubbing it between their hands, blowing away the chaff and having an on-the-road snack.
Well, the Pharisees were keen-eyed observers of (other folks) of community goings and said (probably excitedly) "Look, Your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath!"  [Matthew 12:2].
Where do you suppose the Pharisees got the idea that eating fresh plucked grain (on Sabbath) was a sin. Let's go to Deuteronomy and check it out. "When you come into your neighbor's standing grain, you may pluck the heads with your hand, but you shall not use a sickle on your neighbor's standing grain." [Deuteronomy 23:25].
Question: Which end of the Sabbath do you enjoy most; sunset Friday or sunset Saturday? Do Adventists "keep" the Sabbath...whatever that means...or celebrate the Sabbath. There is a difference you know. To look forward to the beginning of Shabatt is to enjoy and celebrate what God has Created. To look forward (read watch the clock] to the end of the Sabbath, is to endure the time and completely miss the point. So, what is the point? More on that later. It's only Monday, but Sabbath is coming. Is that exciting or disappointing?
Blessings. e.c.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Finders Keepers Losers Weepers

Children in a sing-songy voice..."Finders keepers, losers weepers." We can hear it in our mind; probably because we've said it and sung it.
"The English title of the book of Deuteronomy is based on the LXX's (Septuagent) mistranslation of the phrase, "a copy of this Law" as to deuteronomion touto, "this second Law." [source: Introduction to Deuteronomy, New American Standard translation, Thomas Nelson, Pub., 1979].
Chapter 22 verses 1-4 deals with things "lost and found."
"You shall not see your brother's ox or his sheep going astray, and hide yourself from them; you shall certainly bring them back to your brother. And if your brother is not near you, or if you do not know him, then you shall bring it to your own house, and it shall remain with you until your brother seeks it; then you shall restore it to him." [Deut. 22:1 and 2].
I think this is interesting for these reasons: Honesty and neighborliness are emphasized, as is relationship, by the use of the word, "brother" which is used three times in two verses. Moses is saying that neighbors don't ignore it if they notice something amiss happening next door. This is what he means when he says "...don't hide (yourself)"...don't ignore your neighbor. Christ tells the story of the Good Samaritan [Luke 10: 30-36] and in the last verse asks, "So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?" (If you want to look this up, the spelling, "neighbor" is not used in the KJV; it is "neighbour.")
Christ tells this story in response to a lawyer who stood up and challenged Him with the question, "Who is my neighbor?" The man was seeking to justify himself [Luke 10:29]. Weaving together what Moses wrote in Deuteronomy and the attitude of the lawyer suggests to me that the Jews [read mankind] were/are selfish, dishonest, and that virtually none of us really want to return anything of value we happen to find...even if we know the owner. At the end of all things on this earth, the "finders keepers" will be the real "losers."
Blessings. e.c. 

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

A "Yes" or "No" Question...

Yes or No; Sunday Laws are Constitutional.

The answer is "Yes."
"On May 29, 1961, the Supreme Court of the United States decided that Sunday laws are constitutional. In an outstanding manner, an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States is made to echo the words of the servant (Ellen White) of God in order to state his dissenting to the opinion of the court on Sunday laws: 'For in his case the Court seems to say, without so much as a deferential nod toward that high place which we have accorded religious freedom in the past, that any substantial interest will justify encroachments on religious practice, at least if those encroachments are cloaked in the guise of some nonreligious public purpose.'" ...Justice Brennan, Braunfield v. Brown, May 29, 1961.
[Source] Preparation For The Final Crisis; Fernando Chaij, pg. 180.8, Pacific Press Pub. 1966.
Note: This book is still in publication and is available through ABC.
Think more deeply on these things. e.c.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

The Most Important Thing...

In today's world of religion, religions, religiosity, and religio-political correctness, one is challenged to be an effective witness. There is an agreement of sorts that reads; "No sheep stealing!" and is designed to discourage sharing one's faith. Which in turn means that churches are quite satisfied..."thank you"...with what they have and would rather not be annoyed by angels of any number (read, 1 through 3) flying anywhere near them; either in the heaven or in their face.
Am I saying that one should have an "in your face" witness? No. Of course not. What then should be our witness?
If much of the world will perish because they ignore or reject the message of what Christ has done for mankind, how do we balance our commission to "...go into all the world..." Do we go quietly? Yes. Do we go meekly? Yes. Do we go timidly? No. Do we go apologetically? No. Do we follow in the footsteps of Christ? Of course! (That was a dumb question. Who asked that? was me. Never mind).
If one studies the witness of the Christ, it is clear that He tailored His message to the need(s) of the person or persons He encountered. For those of us who do not possess divine knowledge that can read men's hearts, it means that it is necessary to know something about them. One can do that if and only if there is a foundational relationship. We may not be best friends with our neighbors and those beyond, but it is important, even imperative, that we are able to speak easily of things spiritual.
Never before was that as easy to do as it is today. Pick a problem, any problem, anywhere in the world, and you will find that people are interested and concerned. True, some do not want to know because they think there is safety in ignorance, and if not safety then perhaps peace of mind, and if not peace of mind then at least comfort in knowing that they do not know because denial, like a bowl of chocolate ice cream, feels good.
My advice? Follow the example and advice of Christ: be as wise as serpents and harmless as doves. Ask questions that open conversations. Offer to pray for people (asking first if they object). I have never had anyone reject an offer to pray for them.
Final thought: every morning ask God to give you an opportunity to witness to someone, somewhere, in some way.
Blessings. e.c.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Saddest Song Ever Written

Time and circumstances tear at relationships. It was 1939 when a young woman wrote a poem. That poem became a song. Here is the rest of the story...with credits.
Tony Thornton tells the story of what he considers to be the saddest song ever written.

Tony’s wonderful articles about the hit songs of yesteryear carry you back to a more tuneful age. For a feast of hum-along pleasure step aboard Tony’s magical musical time machine by clicking on The Melody Lingers On in the menu on this page
In 1939, Hoagy Carmichael composed a melody to a poem called I Get Along Without You Very Well. Several years earlier he had been handed this poem by a student at Indiana University. It was signed only J.B. So the song was published with the note: Words inspired by a poem written by J.B.
But the song was not introduced until 1952 when it was sung by Hoagy Carmichael and Jane Russell in the film Las Vegas Story.
Carmichael made a national plea for the author to step forward, even enlisting the help of top newspaper columnist and radio personality Walter Winchell, but only impostors turned up. Finally, the author was located in Philadelphia – Mrs Jane Brown Thompson. Sadly, Mrs Brown passed away the night before Dick Powell introduced the song on national radio.
Rosemary Clooney recorded it in 1960 and it remains for me the saddest song ever written. Sad because Jane Brown intentionally conveys the opposite of what she says. You know from the first line (without hearing another word) that she is not getting along very well. Even when she says: ‘Of course I do’, we know she doesn’t. This is why it’s so sad. She is not trying to fool us. She wants us to know the truth. She comes clean with: ‘Except…’ which confirms what was plain to see.
Yet she ends the thought by insisting that she is getting along very well and begins again by telling us that she has forgotten you like she should. But there is no lie to see through, no pretence to question – she is torturing us and herself with grief.
The full title of the song is: I Get Along Without You Very Well (Except Sometimes). The ‘excepts’ are moments of honesty where Mrs Brown has to recall the glory of the lost love, to tell you what it was like ‘to be sheltered in your arms’, to remind you (as you weep silently) of how once it felt when you were in her place.
The last ‘except’ makes us wonder what happened in spring – was it beauty or pain? We know only that it was immeasurably sad, and if your heart is not broken in two by now then it must be made of stone. I know mine is (broken that is, not made of stone).

I get along without you very well,
Of course I do,
Except when soft rains fall
And drip from leaves, then I recall
The thrill of being sheltered in your arms.
Of course, I do.
But I get along without you very well.

I've forgotten you just like I should,
Of course I have,
Except to hear your name,
Or someone’s laugh that is the same,
But I've forgotten you just like I should.

What a guy, what a fool am I.
To think my breaking heart could kid the moon.
What’s in store? Should I phone once more?
No, it’s best that I stick to my tune.

I get along without you very well,
Of course I do.
Except perhaps in spring.
But I should never think of spring,
For that would surely break my heart in two.

Written by Tony Thornton - Published on June 2, 2006

In this post there is a point; there is a lesson. Each is greater than the poem. e.c.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Salt, Fat, and Flavor

In Deuteronomy chapter 12 there are very interesting verses [20-25] dealing with eating meat. Moses is instructing the people before they cross over into the Promised Land. In verse 20 he says, "When the Lord your God enlarges your border as He has promised you, and you say, 'Let me eat meat,' because you long to eat meat, you may eat as much meat as your heart desires."
So, meat is good for doesn't contribute to high cholesterol, heart disease, et cetra; right? Wait a moment...this may not be the same as 'two all beef patties' with extra cheese and mayo on hamburger buns. This was meat from animals grown without antibiotics and growth hormones, field run, grazing on natural foods rather than "processed" feed containing ground up beasts of their own kind who died of whatever, the fat was trimmed because God said they shall not eat of it, and the blood was drained off to be poured out like water [vs.23-25].
Any of us former/present carnivores worth his/her high salt diet knows that there are three elements that render otherwise unhealthy foods savory; 1. fat, 2. salt, 3. blood (in the meat). The processed food industry has known this for decades and "design" certain foods to purposely ensnare our appetites. Cheez-It snack crackers are a perfect example of just such designing. The industry knows, and has known (since the late 70's) how to formulate this crunchy snack for maximum addictive/habituative results [let the skeptics Google...purpose of salt in Cheez-It]. I'll save you the time...see below.
Was God condemning His people to a disease-producing diet? No. Then what was the point Moses was making? Simple: Anyone who hates "manna" (so to speak...a vegan/vegetarian diet) and they really want to eat meat, then go ahead and do so as long as there is no fat or blood. Good luck!
Sunday May 30, 2010
Massachussetts Liberal
Cheez-It: it's the salt cops
"What do R.J. Reynolds and Frito-Lay have in common? A lot, according to a New York Times look at how the salt and processed food industry has consistently and repeatedly resisted efforts to reduce the amount of salt they impose on American palettes.
Do the arguments sound vaguely like those offered by the tobacco companies that the nicotine in their products really wasn't a carcinogen?
Reading the description of how Kellogg's Cheez-Its fail visual and taste tests without salt makes it amply clear that junk food sales -- and not quality and health concerns -- drive the processed food marketplace.
Salt sprinkled on top gives the tongue a quick buzz. More salt in the cheese adds crunch. Still more in the dough blocks the tang that develops during fermentation. In all, a generous cup of Cheez-Its delivers one-third of the daily amount of sodium recommended for most Americans.
As a demonstration, Kellogg prepared some of its biggest sellers with most of the salt removed. The Cheez-It fell apart in surprising ways. The golden yellow hue faded. The crackers became sticky when chewed, and the mash packed onto the teeth. The taste was not merely bland but medicinal.
A quick buzz? So is that first Dorito like that first puff of a cigarette?"

Animals today are especially bred and fed so as to produce plenty of interstitial (among the tissues of the flesh) fat. The blood is not '...poured out like water...' and the conditions under which most animals are raised for human consumption are less than ideal.
Satan has ensnared God's people by their appetite. To eat and live like the world is to raise the risk of having the diseases of the world. Look around (in the church); like the world we are overweight, diabetic, hypertensive, at risk for untoward events cardiovascular and cerebrovascular. There is a reason that God through Moses says,  "You shall not eat of it; that it may go well with you and your children after you, when you do what is right in the sight of the Lord." [vs.25].
And (some of) the people whined, "...But we like it!!..."
Lord, have mercy on us. e.c.