Ponderings with Doug – April 7, 2017

DougFUMCThe other day I was in Marble Slab Creamery.

When one enters Marble Slab, they are not concerned with calories, fat, carbs or anything else related to nutritional values. For heaven’s sake the word slab is in the title of the company. Folks go to Marble Slab for enjoyment.

As I was enjoying my sweet cream and strawberries in the waffle bowl, I looked up on the menu. There under each item on the menu was the number of calories in each delectable ice cream item. The calories were listed by small, medium and large items. My waffle bowl was 110 delicious calories. The ice cream counted as dairy and the strawberries as a serving of fruit.

Ice cream has lots of calories. I didn’t go to Marble Slab for my health. I was in there for my enjoyment. If I go there once or twice a year, it is not big deal in the big scheme of things, right? However some bureaucrat has mandated that I must know the caloric count of my devilishly good ice cream treat. I also do not read the nutritional values printed on the side of the Blue Bell Ice Cream carton. What difference does a hundred calories make on top of my blackberry cobbler, right?

Twice more the calories bit me this weekend. We ate at places that would be considered national chain restaurants. Each had new menus. Each place had the calories printed on the menu next to the price for the menu selection. I was beginning to hurl invectives at the nanny state.

I know that some liberal do-gooder decided that if we knew the calorie content of our meals we might not order something we enjoyed but might select a healthy alternative. It didn’t change my order. It simply made me mad. Hey, government quit bothering me with this information. If I’m in the drive thru line at McDonalds, I likely don’t care how many calories my large order of French fries has. Information won’t lead to transformation.

I am going to continue my calorie research by investigating Dunkin Donuts and Krispy Kreme next. If they are printing the calories under their donut selections, that will be too much. I’ll confine myself to local eateries until they are forced to print nutritional values on their menus. When that happens I guess I’ll stay home and cook.

It won’t be long until big brother will find a way to control your daily caloric intake. You save this article, because in a decade or two some bean counter will be counting for you. We will have a government mandated calorie limit. Your health care premiums will go up based on what you eat. I wonder if the IRS will be assigned the duties of the food police. And you fast food franchisee people look out; pretty soon a Whopper will be taxed as a deterrent only after a warning label is printed on the wrapper. All this is predicted in the book of the Revelation.

This freedom thing is dangerous. That is why Paul was such a radical when he wrote, “For freedom Christ has set you free.” Christians were freed from the requirements of Jewish and Roman religious law. Paul was leading an insurrection against authority in the name of and for the cause of Christ.

I quote a brother who lives in San Francisco. He was upset about city taxation of Cokes from vending machines. Meanwhile no one was placing a surtax on the sale of Starbuck’s coffee. He noted that in terms of calories, Starbucks was the more egregious offender by far. He also noted that the tax burden would fall unfairly on the less affluent, but that is another matter.

He concluded his article,

“Part of being free is being free to make bad choices, to take risks, and to bear the consequences. Part of being free is that you, personally, may decide what you eat or drink. It’s a liberty so elementary that our founders never even imagined that it would need protection, but today, it does. (These same founders also rioted when the British taxed their tea. Which I’m sure Parliament only did for their own good anyway.)”

Christ has given you freedom for and freedom from. He has set you free from the power of sin, death and guilt; even caloric guilt. He has set you free for abundant joyful living.

We will talk about freedom on Sunday in church.

We have donuts with no nutritional information!

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