The Gospel of Coconut Oil

Melissa Clark, a writer for The New York Times, was startled to see coconut oil in a health food store. In her article on this conundrum, she recalls that in 1994, a study showed that coconut oil was very bad for our health. Why, she asked, is this supposedly unhealthy product now for sale in a place of health? The article goes on to say that new studies have shown that pure coconut oil may not be as bad as we once thought.

In the field of nutrition, studies are ongoing. Researchers deem foods "good" or "bad" based on their benefits to the human body. We constantly discover new things about the same foods we've eaten for years.

What if we were to approach study of the Bible the same way that scientists study food? The words of Scripture are the same ones we've read for years, but do we know all of their "health benefits"? Unfortunately, many of us read the Bible and gather the same interpretation time after time. As we approach the Lenten season, let us avoid narrow-minded takes on the familiar Scriptures we hear in worship and study at home. Instead, let us see the Word of God as coconut oil--a complex food full of insight and benefits that we only discover as we study.

grace to each of you,
Pastor Darian