Esther Pavao
Woke up with this poem on my heart today. Not a whole lot to say about it, it really speaks for itself. It really left me feeling very peaceful.

“A Quiet Mind”
By Amy Carmichael

What room is there for troubled fear?
I know my Lord, and He is near;
And He will light my candle, so
That I may see the way to go.
O Love, O Light, I sing to Thee,
And in my heart make melody.

There need be no bewilderment
To one who goes where he is sent;
The trackless plain by night and day
Is set with signs lest he should stray
O Love, O Light, I sing to Thee,
And in my heart make melody.

My path may cross a waste of sea,
But that need never frighten me;
Or rivers full to very brim,
But they are open ways to Him.
O Love, O Light, I sing to Thee,
And in my heart make melody.

My path may lead through woods at night,
Where neither moon nor any light
Of guilding star or beacon shines;
He will not let me miss my signs.
O Love, O Light, I sing to Thee,
And in my heart make melody.

Lord, grant to me a quiet mind,
That trusting Thee—for Thou art kind—
I may go on without a fear,
For Thou, my Lord, art always near.
O Love, O Light, I sing to Thee,
And in my heart make melody
Esther Pavao
This isn't my usual subject matter, but I did a little research recently and if you're interested in why I believe it is ok for Christians to eat pork, then read on. If not, it's just a bunch of scripture references really, so that's ok.

I was asked recently that if I am a Christian, why do I think it is ok for me to eat 'swine'? I had never given it much thought, and my answer was a little vague, and my only scriptural reference, that it is what comes out of our hearts, not what goes into our mouths that makes us unclean, (Matt 15:11, my interpretation) was written off based on the context of the verse. I promised to have a scriptural reason why it is ok for me to eat pork the next time I saw that person and went to work finding out.

The first thing I looked for was the command not to eat it. In Leviticus 11, God lists to Moses and Aaron all the clean and unclean animals and swine (pigs) are listed Lev. 11:7 is listed as unclean and therefore unfit to be eaten by God's people. (It's also in Deuteronomy 14:8). It's pretty clear that they were not supposed to eat pork, so why would we eat it now?

Everything I've read has said that the original law was laid down for at least one reason, but I'm sure there are more, and that was to create a standard of righteousness for us to live by--to help us understand the difference between right and wrong. Obviously, left to ourselves, we don't do very well and end up being ruled by our passions and desires. I know that when Jesus came to earth, he fulfilled the laws and called us to live by the Spirit, not just the law. I found that pretty easily in Romans.

Rom. 10:4 states that Christ was the end of the law of righteousness. He fulfilled the law for us because we couldn't do it ourselves. Even with the law stated very clearly for us, we couldn't stick to it on our own. That is all in Romans 8. We as humans were not able to follow the law, so God didn't just get rid of it, He fulfilled it and ended it by sending His Son to do it for us.

I looked through the New Testament for anywhere it mentioned eating meat and this is what I found.
But food does not bring us near to God; we are no worse if we do not eat, and no better if we do.  ~ 1 Corinthians 8:8
In context, it was referring to eating food sacrificed to idols. Idols or other gods hold no power over the children of God, and so unless those idols mean something to you, eating the food sacrificed to them means nothing. However, if eating that food creates a problem with your brother or sister, then eating it would be a sin. The sin itself would be creating a stumbling block for your brother, not eating the food.

“Everything is permissible”—but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible”—but not everything is constructive. Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others.
Eat anything sold in the meat market without raising questions of conscience, for, “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.”
If some unbeliever invites you to a meal and you want to go, eat whatever is put before you without raising questions of conscience. But if anyone says to you, “This has been offered in sacrifice,” then do not eat it, both for the sake of the man who told you and for conscience’ sakethe other man’s conscience, I mean, not yours. For why should my freedom be judged by another’s conscience? If I take part in the meal with thankfulness, why am I denounced because of something I thank God for?
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God— even as I try to please everybody in every way. For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved. ~ 1 Corinthians 10:23-33, emphasis mine
 Any emphasis on not eating is simply for others' conscience sake.I don't think Paul is the only one that God is ok with eating pork or other foods previously considered "unclean". It is clear that some people will have a problem with it. I'm assuming, based on the context of the scripture I quote next that this is a Jews vs. Gentiles argument.

We who are Jews by birth and not ‘Gentile sinners’ know that a man is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by observing the law, because by observing the law no one will be justified. ~ Galatians 2:15-16
The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth. For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer. ~ 1 Timothy 4:1-5, emphasis mine

About noon the following day as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the roof to pray. He became hungry and wanted something to eat, and while the meal was being prepared, he fell into a trance. He saw heaven opened and something like a large sheet being let down to earth by its four corners. It contained all kinds of four-footed animals, as well as reptiles of the earth and birds of the air. Then a voice told him, “Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.”
“Surely not, Lord!” Peter replied. “I have never eaten anything impure or unclean.”
The voice spoke to him a second time, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.”
This happened three times, and immediately the sheet was taken back to heaven. ~ Acts 10:9-16
Immediately following this vision, Paul was summoned by a Gentile and against Jewish law, he went.

So there it is, why I believe that I am permitted to eat pork. The scriptures have enough references to food that I believe what we eat is important to God, but I believe that is because He wants us to be healthy in order to serve Him to the best of our ability and to take care of ourselves and each other.
I'd love to hear your thoughts on this.