Thursday, September 25, 2008

White Death

It is plain and simple greed.

Without regard for human lives, unscrupulous dairy companies sold melamine-laced infant formulas that caused more than 53,000 infants ill (almost 13,000 hospitalized) and four confirmed deaths due to kidney failure. Melamine is an industrial chemical used to make plastic products such as tabletops, white boards, glues and fire retardants. If consumed, melamine can cause bladder or kidney stones, which can lead to organ failure and even cancer. Thus, the Philippine Daily Inquirer aptly dubbed it “White Death.” These dairy companies dilute milk with water to increase its volume. Then, they add melamine to make it appear that the milk has high protein content. They do that to fool government quality tests. An estimated 20% percent of dairy companies in China sell these tainted milk formulas. Now, there’s a worldwide scramble to ban milk and other dairy products from China. Because of globalization, it appears that every product that has milk in it is suspect. The label in the bag may not say “Made in China.” But it could have been imported from China and repackaged for local distribution. (Sources: http://www.wikipedia.org/ and http://inquirer.net/)

This milk scare reminded me of 1 Peter 2:2-3. “Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up to salvation—if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.” (ESV) Like adulterated infant formulas, false teachings can be deadly too. Greed is also a driving force behind these errors. “And in their greed they will exploit you with false words.” (2 Peter 2:3a) It is not only a threat to life here but also in eternity, for wrong teachings can doom people to hell. Thus, we are to crave the pure teachings of the Word. The Bible calls it “sound doctrine.” The word “sound” means “good” or “healthy.” For the sake of our spiritual health, we need to make sure that what we read or hear is unadulterated. “If you instruct the brethren in these things, you will be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished in the words of faith and of the good doctrine which you have carefully followed.(1 Timothy 4:6, NKJV)

Brethren, let us long for the pure milk of the Word.

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