Some people call me crunchy, but I’m hardly the crunchiest granola in the box. In fact, I don’t particularly resonate with that term, even though on the surface you may look at my lifestyle and see some crunch. Rather, I consider myself one who is seeking Eden – God’s Design for Natural Living.
While there are many aspects of crunchy culture that I apply to my life, there are possibly just as many that I ignore. That’s because my desire is to be defined by the Word of God, and not by any worldly category or belief system, such as the crunchy culture.
When I buy organic vegetables as I have the funds to do so, or raise a steer for my own beef, …when I raise meat chickens and harvest them, or grow my own garden, …when I use essential oils or clean without chemicals, when I reject chemical hair color, or use a garlic clove to remedy an earache, or apple cider vinegar as a supplement, …when I slather my skin in coconut oil, or choose to have my babies at home, I don’t do any of it to be a part of a sub-culture. I don’t do any of it out of a sense of fear of what’s out there. I don’t do any of it because I have friends who do.
No. I make each of those decisions according to what I read in the Scripture, from the elegant design I see God has made. I make these choices based on a confidence in my Creator, a confidence in His design. I know he made me to birth babies and people have had them without hospitals for thousands of years. I know His design for vegetation is superior to anything we humans could chemically or genetically alter. I know that God created a world full of health and wholeness that was intended to meet my every need for life, health, and prosperity – His blessings.
The fall of man introduced sin and disease and death and hardship, but God’s design for creation had it all! It was perfect. When He created the world, he created a lush garden, clean water, fruited trees, stunning landscapes and beautiful humans – they were made in His image, after all. After six days of creating, God declared it “good.”
The other night while making dinner, my family told me it was good, but, actually, one child said, “It’s not that bad,” and my husband made his own alterations to suit his taste preferences. But when God said, it was good, He wasn’t saying, “It’s not that bad.” It was good. There was no sliding scale of goodness. It was either good or it was bad. But this good, well, it was paradise.
It was better than the best environment in which we would wish we could live, better than the best climate in which those who are ill may seek healing, better than the best sort of island the jet-set flit off to for a secluded escape from their daily lives. It was better than the best we can imagine, and offered everything humans could need for sustaining life, health, and prosperity.
God’s creation had no pollution, no vandalism, no disease, no GMOs, no pesticides, no pests. There was no need for a word like organic. Pharmaceutical companies had no place there. There were no scientists trying to pick apart creation or the genetic code in order to improve on God’s design. Why would they? You can’t improve upon perfection!
Then came the serpent, the notorious bite of the fruit, the fall, the exit, and the angels set to guard the entrance and keep us out of Eden.Perhaps we could sin and avoid the consequences of it through the appropriation of science. Perhaps we could make something better than God could. Click To Tweet
The serpent started a ripple, a simple realization that there was more to this paradise than met the eye, an idea that maybe they could pick it apart and improve it. Maybe they could have all the blessings without God, without His ways. They consumed the fruit of the tree of knowledge, and they saw their own nakedness and were ashamed – something to correct.
Then came science in response to the notion that we could improve on God’s design, that we could achieve all God’s gifts on our own without God. We could grow bigger vegetables faster, or make them drought resistant, or rid them of pests. We could create chemicals to improve our lives, medicines that would make us stronger, healthier, happier, or that would help us live longer, or maybe forever. Perhaps we could sin and avoid the consequences of it through the appropriation of science. Perhaps we could make something better than God could.
Oh! The pride! Oh! The lies! Now, nearly six thousand years since the dawn of creation, we have all kinds of wondrous scientific discoveries, and rather than creating a world better than God did, we have devolved into a world of disease, disease, and more disease. We looked at God’s perfect design and said, “it’s not that bad;” and as we sought to alter it, we created a world that is that bad! The world we have “fixed” is filthy, detestable and toxic.
On the contrary, the more I study God’s Word, the more I see hints of His masterfully elegant, perfect design – creation, as He intended it. I see nature’s healing powers as God ordained. I see the laws of God as firm and unchanging as His laws of nature, the very instructions for life, health, and blessings.
I love learning the science of things that we are just discovering, or re-discovering, from ancient God-given truths. I love the way God’s Word hints at some of this Science, and watching as modern science begins to catch up with the Word of God!
We’ve so long disregarded His Word as an outdated book that we often overlook those lessons, yet once we have eyes to see, we see God’s design for natural living in everything.
- I see healing powers of figs, manifested as God gave instruction to the prophet Isaiah for the healing of King Hezekiah. Today, we know that figs have a remarkable ability to draw out infection.
- Hyssop was used for ceremonial cleansing in the Bible, and today, it is well known as an antiseptic agent.
- Frankincense and Myrrh were both frequently used in the Temple, were given as gifts to Jesus at his birth, and were used medicinally in the days of the Bible. Today, they are both known as remedies for a variety of ailments including the ability to reduce inflammation, skin irritations, and provide anxiety relief.
- Vegetation has always been a food source and at Creation, God said every seed-bearing plant was to be for food. God designed all plants to bear seeds of some variety, but nowadays we are developing GMO plants lacking seeds, which are also being shown to be toxic.
The more you look at God’s creation, the more you see it is an astonishingly elegant design. Everything works, everything flows. Spiritual truths are found in His very creation – all of it reveals His glory if you’re just willing to look!The more you look at God’s #creation, the more you see it is an astonishingly elegant design. Click To Tweet
Yes, some people call us crunchy, but really it’s about loving and honoring God. Everything is about God, so naturally, this is too. I hate the idea of using poisons in my home, of exposing my kids to toxins in the air, their clothes, their foods, or their medicines. Yet, even more, I find it foolish to consciously go against the Designer’s plans. I prefer to seek out things that allow me to take baby step after baby step toward Eden and toward the abundant life He desired for us from the beginning.