I usually look at every ingredient of each item I eat or drink. It bothers some people because they assume I am overly health-conscious or believe I am trying to make them look bad. I just really want to know what I’m putting In my body!
I’ve found it’s impossible to pronounce half of the ingredients in our food! And when I can, I still have no idea what it is! I found this information online for example:
1. Carmine, or cochineal (as it is perhaps more commonly known), consists of a mixture of … crushed beetles. More specifically, these dried insects are boiled in water to extract the carminic acid they contain (or did contain). Typically, due to the fantastic red hue the resulting potion gives off, this ingredient is used to artificially dye foods red, purple and pink; however, you can taste these little buggers in some fruit juices, berry punches, ice cream, yogurt and candy (so ya know, all the good stuff).
2. Xanthan gum, which gets its name from Xanthomonas campestris (a strain of bacteria present during the fermentation process), contains bacteria similar to rotting veggies. We wish that was a joke and/or exaggeration, but it’s totally not. In fact, when you think of molding veggies, it’s fairly easy to imagine the film of slime forming. Yep. Like that layer of decay, xanthan gum acts as a thickening agent or a gel. Yum!
You can see xanthan gum in dairy products, sauces and salad dressings. As if the previous paragraph wasn’t enough to put you off of salad forever, now you have the perfect excuse to order that burger instead.
3. Jell-O’s main ingredient, as I’m sure it’s easy to imagine given the name, is gelatin. But gelatin, for those who don’t know, consists of the collagen extracted from an animal’s skin and (mostly) bones. So if you’ve ever been told Jell-O is made of “horse hooves,” you’re partially correct (though actual hooves are not used in the production process). And also probably partially nauseous.
But if you think it’s just Jell-O shots you should be avoiding, you’re sadly mistaken … you can find gelatin in everything from Gummy Bears to those marshmallow Peeps you get on Easter Sunday. Now perhaps it seems a wee bit less ridiculous when your vegetarian friends turn down the pastel-colored cuties, because (to your thinking) they’re “animals.” Uh, well. Yeah, they are actually.”
These are just a few of the odd and weird ingredients in our food! (I will post the link to “Top 10 Common Ingredients That Are Just Plain Weird” at the bottom of this post.)
Why do we eat this stuff? How does it make food so delicious even though its origins are so disgusting? I don’t know the answer. But if it doesn’t kill you it makes makes you stronger, right… Right?
The Bible explains that God uses weird ingredients to bring His plan of Salvation to the world. Most Baptists don’t believe this, sadly. I’ve often heard pastors say, “That young man has a great personality! God could really use him!” Or, “She is a lovely young lady, and so talented, if she would surrender to The Lord He would do amazing things with her life!” These statements are common. But they are flawed.
When God was looking for a king he rejected the “best of the best.” Samuel looked at Eliab and saw strength, good looks, and potential. But God was not interested. Then came Abinidab, the genius, and Shammah, the athletic, but God rejected them too. Seven more healthy, hard working, musical young men impressed Samuel, but were rejected by God. Why?
1 Samuel 16:7 …the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him:for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.
God is not looking for external flare, but rather internal faithfulness. God can still use good looking or talented people, but only if their heart is surrendered to Him. Pride pushes the hand of God off of a life. A tender heart, though, can be molded into exactly what God needs to bring about His glory and the furtherance of the gospel.
This is good news for me.
I sing, but not above average.
I preach, but it’s inexperienced at best.
I witness, but I don’t have all the answers.
I teach, but I’m not the most talented or dramatic.
Yet, the Bible promises:
1 Corinthians 1:26-30 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence. But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
I’m so glad God uses weird ingredients. He can take sinful, messed up, selfish people and turn them into amazing heralds of the gospel. He can change anyone into a new creature. It’s all because of Jesus. His sacrifice on the cross makes this transformation possible! How? By recreating us into the image of Jesus when we place our faith and trust in His death, burial, and miraculous resurrection that paid for our sins.
I want to be used to share the love of God with thousands, and there’s hope for me because God can use anyone! Yes, even you!