Lingering Choices of a Hippie Generation

In 1967, the popular rock band, The Grassroots, released a song entitled “Let’s Live for Today.” It epitomized the growing culture of the ’60s hippie generation. Since I look at health through a Biblical lens, I see a correlation here between virtuous and destructive living. Please indulge me.

hippie generationThe ’60s Hippie Generation enjoyed a “free love philosophy,” never worrying about tomorrow, grabbing hedonistic pleasure while they could. Looking back, what seemed like a good idea at the time turned out to be nothing but waking up the next morning with regrets, guilt or a splitting headache, bowing before a porcelain god.

Choose wisely.There is no free love – no free food. There’s a price to pay for good health. Have you also, when presented with a buffet, ever thought “free food!!!” Eat as much as we can today because it won’t be there tomorrow! Then, we’d wake up the next morning with a food hangover, our digestion system rebelling! Ugh.

Excess food creates acidity which generates various illnesses. Thankfully, God gave humans some common sense. When we know better, we make wiser choices. Enjoying nutritious flavorful food, with a disciplined attitude is actually beneficial. Eating cleanly is much more advantageous, so why go backwards? Consuming junk food shouldn’t seduce us. In Genesis 3:6 Eve saw that food was pleasing to the eye,  and we have been seduced by food ever since!  God is pleased when we conquer worldly pleasures and honor Him!

This ’60s philosophy of allowing others to live the way they want without boundaries became harmful. It morphed into an “I’m okay, you’re okay” attitude. You don’t trespass on my property and I won’t criticize yours.  This produced apathy. Where then, do we draw the line when someone cries out for help? “Sorry, too busy.” “You reaped what you sowed?” Apathy is the opposite of love. I make no apologies for caring and proclaiming 1 Corinthians 10:23 moderate food boundaries.  By Free Will you either accept or reject God’s dietary boundaries. Your choice, but there are no victimless crimes. Everyone you love suffers.

With the emergence of mid-century fast-food establishments, came an attitude of why cook when one  can simply make a quick stop and bring home dinner?  So what if it’s made from chemicals, preservatives and other items we can’t pronounce?  Kids will eat it when they won’t touch carrots! “Live and let live!” Busy parents justified: at least we’ll eat together. Cancer, diabetes, heart disease and childhood obesity increased accordingly as additional boxed foods adorned the shelves of many supermarkets.

We morphed into a “do our own thing” society. So few attend church nowadays so many have no clear direction ethically.  Parents have become friends not disciplinarians, allowing their children to live as they chose. Religion? Whatever you embrace darling, as long as it fulfills a need. The result? Children are floundering, snared by false doctrines and cultish beliefs. Crime soars.  If our young aren’t taught basic Biblical Truths and behaviors, we indeed reap what we sow. Their Spirit dies.

Well there definitely IS an eternal tomorrow. It’s called either Heaven or Hell and we can accept or reject that fact. I choose Heaven. To God, All Lives Matter!  Choose Life!

“For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.”  (2 Timothy 4:3)

 

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15 thoughts on “Lingering Choices of a Hippie Generation

  1. Very well thought out…and oh, so true! Thanks for sharing:-)

    “For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.” (2 Timothy 4:3) So evident at this time! Very important for us to stay close to the Lord in prayer, to be filled with the Holy Spirit, and to pray fervently for the conversion of souls.

    Love
    Bernadette

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  2. Food for thought – pun intended! I like the expression, ‘you are what you eat’. Whatever we put into our bodies will affect us in a positive or negative way and I think about this as both real food and spiritual food. We need to fill ourselves with things that will keep our bodies and minds strong and pure.

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  3. Excellent, we need to view food as more than just fuel. It is so much more it is an emotional and spiritual item. Unfortunately we miss the spiritual aspect of food way too much. I am going to think twice now about food and check out spiritually if what I put in my mouth pleases the Lord or the flesh (which we are to crucify.)

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  4. Reblogged this on A Day On The Plains and commented:
    So much reality and truth in this blog post that I just had to share. It is time for some soul searching, people. As Joe Dirt (who I am sure was not the first, but maybe most famous “person”) says, “Is this where you want to be when Jesus comes back??”… It certainly isn’t where I want to be. I want to grow spiritually and live life full of love and grace; so much so that is overflowing out of me and into the lives of others I encounter. That’s where I want to be, though I know I’ve got a ways to go, thank God I’m not where I used to be! ❤️💕

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  5. Counting the cost is where God has me right now. The Holy Spirit has been speaking to me and asking me, “Wendy, is it worth eating this or taking this rebellious or lazy attitude? Count the cost. Choose life.” Love to you sister, thank you for telling it like it is. I would rather be enslaved to Christ than choose free license to sin. Praying God will give me more of a desire to do things His way.

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  6. Ellie, this blog hit home again after our trip to Hawaii for our brother in law’s memorial service. He died of COPD and heart disease. My sis in law ignored the doctor’s rules to feed him a healthy diet, not wanting to deny him the “pleasure” of eating his favorite foods before his inevitable death. She had missed Hawaii and the local foods, and was determined for us to eat our way through the island. I passed on many of the food outings to avoid temptation. My sis in law is a wonderfully loving, loyal and generous woman, she has a good heart. But her family has suffered due to poor choices and so has mine. Food is not love, God is. “By Free Will you either accept or reject God’s dietary boundaries. Your choice, but there are no victimless crimes. Everyone you love suffers”.

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    • Once again Wendy, I am so sorry and you’ve come to my mind several times in prayer since I found out about your loss last week.

      I’m sure your sis-in-law felt she was being kind, so her intent was not malicious as you’ve surmised already. Any time you find yourself in this situation consider it an opportunity to tell them just as you have here that food isn’t a substitute for love. Yes food provides feelings of love but Jesus can certainly fill that empty void in one’s heart even more than food. You deny food because you have accepted Christ and all that He provides. It isn’t easy but He also will not ask us to do anything you can’t do. Remember what He has already experienced for us.

      So proud of the strong woman you are becoming each day Wendy! Keep up that positive attitude because you are loved, blessings,

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