164. Principles of Hygienic Reform

Today’s reading: “The Ministry of Healing” pp. 323b-324.

Today’s reading: “The Ministry of Healing” pp. 323b-324.

So we come to the end of the most contentious section on dietary reform. Ellen summarises by saying,

Hygienic reform is based upon principles that are broad and far-reaching, and we should not belittle it by narrow views and practices.

Those broad principles have been laid out from the beginning of this “Health Principles” section. I have just re-read some of my summaries. The one on overeating is particularly clear on the best way to have strong digestion and health. If you want a quick review just go through them. It’s worth doing because I am surprised how often I become either focused on one particular thing or on the other hand, just sloppy in my health practices. Better to stick with the real principles.

Some principles from today are,

  • Carefully think about your diet
  • If there are problems, study from cause to effect
  • Keep appetite controlled by reason, not taste
  • Never overeat
  • Conversely, don’t deprive yourself of wholesome, tasty food

And for “health reformers”,

Those who are governed by principle will be firm and decided in standing for the right; yet in all their associations they will manifest a generous, Christlike spirit and true moderation.
  • Cultivate those principles, don’t narrow health reform
  • You will be judged by what food you provide, so make it good.
  • People ruled by appetite and taste will oppose you and call you radical, no matter how correct and reasonable you are. Respond by seeing how near to their tastes you can come, without sacrificing your principles.
  • Don’t be an extremist, “These extremes frequently do more harm in a short time than could be undone by a lifetime of consistent living.”
  • Don’t let opposition, ridicule or the desire to please or influence overrule your principles. In all your associations, “manifest a generous, Christlike spirit and true moderation.”

It is appropriate to end the section with Christ. His diet didn’t rate a mention in Scriptures but He would have been just as scrupulous with what He ate as any true health reformer, after all these “broad and far-reaching principles” originated with Him. His priority was the people He ate with, and that love, not what He ate, became the centre of their attention too.

Let’s follow Him

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