- Conservative Christians tend to see these laws as God's will and given to protect Israel from diseases by banning unhealthy eating practices, for example the danger of trichinosis is overcome by banning the eating of pork. But of course Jesus abolished these laws for his disciples, and they have no meaning for Christians other than providing some interesting historical information about God's care of his people.
- Progressive Christians tend to see these laws as a product of ancient Israel. The laws are based on a misunderstanding of God and are little more than a collection of primitive taboos. As with Conservative Christians, the laws have no application for modern Christians.
Now transition to our culture and begin to think ethnotheologically about food. Consider:
- What role does food play in your family? Your church? Your community?
- How do your values shape your food choices?
- In what ways might obesity be considered a theological issue as well as a health issue in America?
- Are there foods you would not eat on ethical grounds? Why?
- What choices did Jesus make about food?
- Should his choices inform the choices of modern-day disciples? Explain why or why not.