If you had told me two years ago that I would be into growing my own food I would have laughed at you. And yet I sit here today dreaming about the delicious vegetables I will grow in my 3rd garden box. It strikes me as to how so many things can change over a short period of time. Not only is my family beginning to dabble in gardening, but now I’m even thinking about getting some chickens for fresh eggs! So why all the change? Well it’s simple really, we wanted to save money and eat healthier food. Eating healthy is costly and so the next logical step is to grow your own food.
Eating better was our own personal choice. I realized one day that everything I was putting in to my families lunches was in some way shape, or form “processed junk food”. We were not eating any natural foods like fruits and veggies. Our “go to” side dish for family meals had become potato chips, or some other form of processed snack food. I was convicted by the Holy Spirit and decided that we needed to make a change. We are really just beginning this new way of life and sometimes old cravings get the best of us, but it’s no longer the norm, and for me that’s serious progress. I wish that everyone would eat healthier and choose to enjoy the natural foods that God has blessed us with, but that is a choice people must make on their own. Choice is a powerful word, and it is central to what it means to be an American.
When it comes to some of today’s hot button cultural issues the idea of Choice is a flash point. There are those who seek to justify their sexuality by using the argument “I didn’t choose to be this way”, or “you can’t choose who you fall in love with”. Others fight for a woman’s “right to choose” abortion. These folks insist that you can’t legislate morality and that government has no right to create laws that limit their behaviors, or infringe on the “right to choose”. Yet according to these same people, the government should most certainly use law to tell others what they can “choose” to eat, or drink!
The most recent example of this comes from the current Mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, who recently made headlines when he proposed a ban on soft drinks that come in cups larger than 160z.
To me, the hypocrisy of these people is outrageous and It would almost be hysterically funny if the threat to our personal liberty wasn’t so serious. I find it ironic when far-left progressives and liberal media elites constantly compare conservatives to Hitler’s Nazi’s, or describe those on the “right” as “self-righteous Bible thumpers” who want nothing more than to be the nation’s Morality Police eager to control what people do, think and say. Yet in reality, conservatives only wish to protect the lives of unborn children, for less Government intrusion into our lives, and the preservation of traditional marriage.
Love him, or hate him, I think Rush Limbaugh summed the debate up best when he recently explained the difference between a liberal vegetarian and a conservative vegetarian:
“A conservative vegetarian will eat his vegetables and leave you alone. A liberal vegetarian will eat his and then demand that you only eat vegetables, too. And this is one of the big differences between liberals and conservatives across the board — whatever it is, whatever the left-right issue is.”
Despite what you hear from all the clamoring mainstream voices, ask yourself, who is it really that wants to restrain freedom and control the lives of others?