Cultural Encounters: A Journal For The Theology Of Culture Volume 11 Number 2 (Summer 2016) - Page 5

VOLUME 11, NUMBER 2 A JOURNAL FOR THE THEOLOGY OF CULTURE food is fast or slow-cooked, or whether it is grown locally or far away, do all the locals have access to food that can truly sustain them, or does distribution favor the well-to-do? Do they/we do too well to the detriment of others? Is there not enough good food to go around, or does the fear of scarcity cause some of us to hoard good food rather than share it in view of God’s abundant care? After all, God wants us to look to him for our daily bread, as the Lord’s Prayer conveys (Mt 6:11). Bread, rice, and related items are staple foods for people’s daily lives. But how do staple foods shape our interaction and various forms of transactions? Bread and related staple foods often staple people together. Just think of the Lord Jesus, who broke bread (why not Kit Kat bars?—a subject also addressed in the following pages) with his disciples at the Last Supper in order to bind them fast to him in view of the marriage supper of the Lamb (Lk 22:14–18). One of my Micronesian friends whose essay appears in this issue claims that all significant transactions in his society involve food—trust and food go hand in hand. Would the same be true for you and me? In this issue of Cultural Encounters, we take time to sit down and chew over these and other substantial ideas together. Thank you for joining us for this meal.* —Paul Louis Metzger, Editor *This introduction is based on a post I wrote at my Uncommon God, Common Good blog column at Patheos in which I promoted the conference. The title of the post is “Food Fight—A Civil Dialogue over Our Daily Bread,” January 24, 2015, http://www.patheos.com/blogs/uncommongodcommongood/. 2