Cross Contamination

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Monday, July 15, 2019


John 17:14-16 I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. John 17:14-16

Because of my Meniere’s disease, I have had to make drastic changes in my diet. One of those changes involves not eating anything that contains gluten. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye, and other varieties of grain. For an unknown reason, gluten triggers some of the worst symptoms of my Meniere’s disease, including very sharp pain in my eardrums.

About a year and a half ago, I thought I transitioned to a gluten-free diet. Yet, the effect of my gluten intolerance did not cease. I recently learned that I have to avoid cross-contamination. That is, if I cook gluten-free food in a non-stick pot where food that contains gluten is cooked, I experience the symptoms because the pot is contaminated. I also learned that I have to wash my plates and utensils separately, as well as used a different toaster to avoid cross-contamination.

Many people think they are doing their best to have a right relationship with God. Unfortunately, they lack the proper knowledge to avoid cross-contamination and some of the debilitating effects of living in a sinful world. I thought I was doing all the right things to avoid the side effects of my Meniere’s disease. However, because I did not know about the intricacies of avoiding cross-contamination, I have been frustrated with the side effects of my Meniere’s disease.

The Bible provides the knowledge to avoid cross-contamination with sinful disobedience. It instructs us unto righteousness. Thus, we read in 2 Timothy 3:16, “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right” (NLT).

Human beings have created many religions to try to live godly. Yet they continue to fail because they are not adhering to the truth of the gospel. The only way to avoid the side effects of living in a sinful world is learning the word of God. For the past two years, I thought I was managing the symptoms of my Meniere’s disease. Unbeknownst to me, I was worsening my condition because of cross-contamination. Many believers think they are maintaining godly lives; however, because they do not study the word of God habitually and intentionally, they are being contaminated by the world without realizing it.

It is not easy being gluten-free. When I go to a restaurant, I have to make sure my food is cooked separately to avoid cross-contamination. If the restaurant does not adhere to my request, I would feel the symptoms as soon as I put the food in my mouth. To avoid lawsuits, restaurants make sure they set aside a section to prepare meals for gluten-free patrons.

Whereas my family has the option to eat anything they want, I have limited choices. Gluten-free food is not as tasty as regular food. They are low in sodium and contain zero preservatives, for the most part. My children say my diet is boring and tasteless. However, that is the only way I can stay healthy and pain-free.

The Christian life may not be as exciting as the worldly life. The world may see us as dull when we abstain from worldly activities that may contaminate our spirituality. That is why Jesus reminds his followers; they are in the world but not of the world. In the New Testament church, believers met daily for prayer, fellowship, and studying of the word of God to avoid cross-contamination. Consequently, the church grew numerically and spiritually. Perhaps, you and I should pay more attention to our spiritual diet to avoid the adverse side effects of living in a sinful world.

Prayer- Blessed Lord, thank you for instructing about to avoid spiritual cross-contamination in your word.

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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