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JUNK-FOOD ADDICTIONS


If we’re going to get our appetite back for the pure, spiritual milk of God’s Word, then we need to get rid of the junk food of broken relationships. We need to put away those wrong attitudes of the heart that keep us from loving each other.


The five things listed here are all things that hinder healthy relationships: malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy and slander. They’re like junk food which takes away our appetite for the things of the Spirit.


Several years ago, park rangers in the Grand Canyon National Park had to kill over two dozen mule deer, because they became hooked on junk food left by visitors to the park – things like potato chips, cheese curls, and candy.


Once they got a taste of the sugar and salt, the deer developed an extreme addiction and went to any lengths to eat only junk food. As a result, the animals ignored the food they needed, leaving them in poor health and on the edge of starvation. Their junk food cravings caused them to lose their natural ability to digest vegetation. One park ranger called the junk food "the crack cocaine of the deer world." (Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Spring 1995, www.PreachingToday.com)


So it is when we ingest thoughts of sweet revenge, bitter treachery, sugar-coated hypocrisy, sour envy, and acidic slander. Such a diet keeps us from hungering for the things of God.


(From a sermon by C. Philip Green, Love and Longing, 5/13/2011)

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