The congregation that I’m serving & leading has entered into a period of time set aside for prayer and fasting. Fasting is great because it really serves as a strong illustration for our dependence upon God. It also serves as a powerful comparison between hungering for God and hungering for actual food. Sometimes (most of the time) we value just about everything other than Christ and his word! I’ve always found fasting to be spiritually uplifting. Jesus, when tempted to break his 40 day fast by the devil said,
“Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” (Matt. 4:4)
This shows us the importance of fasting and doing so alongside God’s word. You won’t find me fasting without my Bible. And don’t worry, I’ll try not to tell you about my fasting because I want it to count.
But I have a question about all this fasting. Is it okay to chew gum? Seriously, I need someone to weigh in on whether or not it is okay to pop in a stick of bubble gum and blow bubbles? I’m chewing gum right now and with every bubble, I’m wondering if this is sacrilegious, so to speak.
What do you think?
Luke is a pastor-theologian living in northern California, serving as a co-lead pastor with his life, Dawn, at the Red Bluff Vineyard. Father of five amazing kids, when Luke isn’t hanging with his family, reading or writing theology, he moonlights as a fly fishing guide for Confluence Outfitters. He blogs regularly at LukeGeraty.com and regularly contributes to his YouTube channel.