Posted by Pastor Stuart

“Everybody eats.” There’s no getting around it, but for a long time, many people didn’t think about where their food comes from, but that’s beginning to change.

I was reading an article, called “Ministries blending food and faith,” which said this:

There’s a dawning awareness among Baptists and other Christians that agriculture, the environment, and theology are connected. Global climate and domestic food scarcity are becoming ministry topics, thanks in part to the passion of Millennials for such issues. Richard Cizik, president of the New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good, says, “Among young and new evangelicals, there is a clear commitment to address the interconnectedness between food, poverty, and climate.

I like that for two reasons. 1) It’s good that Baptists and Christians are thinking beyond themselves and into how they affect the whole world. 2) I think Hickory Rock is way ahead of the curve.

While it’s news that so many Christians are now concerned about creation care, environment, agriculture, and food, that has been the case at Hickory Rock since our church was founded (1915!). We’re in a rural setting and were founded by farming families, so the environment have always been on our mind. We thought it was normal; apparently now it’s trendy!

Although, since we’ve always been concerned about issues like farming and creation care, maybe we think of them more out of habit than anything else. Maybe we need to really listen to what we’re thinking about, and stop to see if it’s something that God is thinking about too.

One area of concern is in places called “food deserts.” Those are communities where there is a lack of access to healthy food. Like urban centers where people aren’t able to find good grocery stores. So places like that “are responding with community gardens and food trucks to sell locally grown food in impoverished, inner-city neighborhoods.”

Jesus said, “I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me…. Whatever you did for the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me” (Matthew 25:31-46).

That’s one reason we keep a Food Pantry well stocked. So if you know of a family who’s having trouble getting food, send them our way. We want to help feed them, and in turn, we’ll be feeding Jesus as well. What a privilege!

To help you think about the really important issue of hunger in our country and world, here’s a series of articles about what some churches are creatively doing to help: “At the Table: Baptists Fighting Hunger.

How can we be creative in following Jesus?

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