These are the regulations concerning animals, birds, every living thing that moves about in the water and every creature that moves along the ground. You must distinguish between the unclean and clean, between living creatures that may be eaten and those that may not be eaten. Leviticus 11:46&47
We dare not attempt to adhere to ancient rituals that God imposed on people to guide their moral thinking and inform their moral choices. To do so would be to embrace a religion that functioned as a noose that choked the joy out of our faith. Rather we appreciate the grace of God that functions as our key to unlocking the doors of our freedom despite our imperfections. The rules of yesteryear have been replaced by the right to function as free people ransomed by the blood of Jesus. Thank God.
But the need to make distinctions between what is good for us and what is not good for us, what is healthy and unhealthy, what things strengthen us and what things destroy us is a principle that will never go away. For Moses and his people the distinctions were to be defined by God based upon the requirements for religious ceremony. For us the distinctions are made by us and they have as much to do with cause and effect and common sense as they do religion. In both cases the responsibility is ours to determine if we are contributing to our betterment or our demise.
Simply put are we consuming things – all types of things – that help us or hurt us? The charge is to distinguish between. What is good and what is not so good. Without such distinction we allow someone else to decide for us.
“God, help me to distinguish between the clean and the unclean. Amen.”