Food Not Bombs

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We have had a chance to work with and get to know some of the folks at Food Not Bombs, an activist group that shares free vegetarian food with hungry people and protests war and poverty.  They had a food sharing time Wednesday night that we participated in.  They gather fresh vegetables from a food plant that services the many hotels that surround Disney World.  The food may be going bad and need a little “surgery” or some of it may be perfectly fine, just left over and can’t be saved and used the next day, so they leave it outside for anyone to take at no cost.  FNBs comes and gets it every Wednesday morning, usually more than they can haul in their pickup truck, and uses it to cook for a vegan food sharing time downtown Orlando, and then for neighbors to come and gather what they need for the week.

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We did not intentionally seek these guys out but have been connected to them because UCC has attempted to pour out on them, participating in their sharing times and also giving them a room to use as an “office” at the church.  Which is a huge step to a bunch of secular radicals who view the “church” as part of the problem, we give a lot of credit to Alan and the rest of the staff at UCC for seeing FNBs as a ripe mission field and loving them even if they have upside down crucifixes on the walls of their house.  Because of this relationship, the hearts of some of these young activists have warmed to the idea of Jesus and the Kingdom, and so our family gets to add onto this, welcoming them into our house on wheels, eating with them, and visiting their home, while explaining and showing with our actions and words why we do what we do – simply ‘Jesus’.

Food Not Bombs’ ideals and hopes to end hunger are all well and good and for the most part, we agree on many things.  But THE difference would be our motives and reasons for why we do what we do.  They focus on the physical pains of this world with no eternal perspective, spending their time and energy looking at the negatives of this world (i.e. evil corporations, developers, war, poverty, police brutality, etc.). Even with all the good they are doing to help feed not only the homeless in downtown Orlando, but thier hungry neighbors, the point is being missed: without God our efforts are futile.

This is a hard statement to swallow for a lot of us.  It is difficult to think that efforts towards improving the earth, hunger, social justice, poverty, etc., could be meaningless.  We obviously don’t have the opinion that God cares only about the soul of a man and not about his or her physical needs, if we did, we wouldn’t be out here, but let’s not fool ourselves into thinking that God cares more about our physical needs than our spiritual ones.

Jesus answered, It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’

Matthew 4:4

Can man live his life here on earth without bread – clearly the answer is ‘no’, but even more importantly, we cannot truly ‘live’ without knowing, following and loving our God.  Our prayer is that FNBs loves so radically that it would be obvious that thier strength comes from the Lord, not any human perspective or motivation to do good.

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3 Responses

  1. “Can man live his life here on earth without bread – clearly the answer is ‘no’, but even more importantly, we cannot truly ‘live’ without knowing, following and loving our God. Our prayer is that FNBs loves so radically that it would be obvious that thier strength comes from the Lord, not any human perspective or motivation to do good.”

    Amen!

  2. Food Not Bombs sounds so like Ashland–as you know! Ahhhhh, they all need Jesus, eh? And a mommy to love them. Well, I can be their mommy figuratively and be here, oh so close to Ashland, literally, and to your homeless (and God’s) there in FL by praying and loving with all my heart. Take care, you precious people! love patti

  3. the FNB people are cool. they’ve got a group here and i almost volunteered with them, almost. glad you got to spend some time with those “type” of people. remember there are probably as many different opinions within FNB as there are within the church.

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