Peeling Potatoes

Do you eat potatoes? Do you peel potatoes before eating them? Most French fries are peeled. Chicken and fries is one of the most common meals in Peru. Many towns and smaller cities do not have any North American fast restaurants. Chicken with fries is sometimes as close as it gets. The fries in these restaurants are always from peeled potatoes.

Additionally, Peru is known as the home of the potato, with over 4000 varieties! It is obviously a staple food. I have almost never (maybe never?) met a Peruvian who eats the potato with the skin still on. Once I was invited to stay over for lunch at a small mountain church high in the Andes that was accessible only by a very strenuous hike down and back up a steep canyon at around 13000 ft. The village had no road access, even if I did have a vehicle at the time. The lunch consisted of all the church members opening up their beautiful colored blankets on the ground and showcasing a variety of boiled spuds in all sorts of flavors, textures, sizes, and colors. (Something like the picture below)

We ate potatoes and more potatoes for lunch. EVERYONE peeled their potatoes with the fingernails before eating them.

A potato skin contains (according to one site): 

  • Vitamin C: 8 grams, or 9 percent DV
  • Calcium: 20 milligrams, or 2 percent DV
  • Potassium: 332 milligrams, or 7 percent DV
  • Magnesium: 25 milligrams, or 6 percent DV
  • Phosphorus: 59 milligrams, or 5 percent DV
  • Manganese: 0.4 milligrams, or 16 percent DV
  • Iron: 4 grams, or 23 percent DV
  • Zinc: 0.3 milligrams, or 3 percent DV
  • Copper: 0.5 milligrams, or 53 percent DV
  • Thiamine: 6 percent DV
  • Riboflavin: 5 percent DV
  • Niacin: 11 percent DV
  • Vitamin B-5: 10 percent DV
  • Vitamin B-6: 21 percent DV
  • Folate: 3 percent DV

So, why do we keep peeling our potatoes? Simply put: we like them better that way. 

Problem: We do many things that we are like to do, even though they are neither right nor helpful

Point: We must reorient our thinking with truth in order to do right. 

I. Is sin good or bad?

A. the Bible says it is bad

B. Experience shows it is bad

Which ways do you like for people to sin against you?

II. Is the law good or bad?

A. the Bible says it is good (even though it speaks against my beloved personal sins)

B. the Bible comes from God

III. Is God good or bad?

A. the Bible says God is good (implicitly and explicitly)

B. Nature shows God is good

He shows us His character by his creation. 

If sin is bad, because it is contrary to the good law of a good God, how must my thinking change? I must realize and hold firmly to:

IV. Life is all about God

A. I was made for his glory (but I often do not fulfill this)

B. I must change to give him glory (because I am fundamentally flawed. This change begins with salvation, and must continue for the rest of life)

V. Change is good

A. My tendency is to sin (therefore any change away from that tendency is good)

B. Help in changing is necessary (I have tried and failed many times to change on my own)

VI. Conviction is good

A. It comes from the Holy Spirit (I must have his help and power to change)

B. It comes from my conscience (God gave me this to help show me my sin

VII. Correction is good

A. I sin regularly against myself and others (I need correction)

B. My sin is neither good nor helpful for myself or others (correction is necessary to stop sinning)

VIII. Church is good

A. Preaching about God and against sin is good (it brings conviction)

B. Helping one another is good (We bring mutual conviction)

Don’t just do what you like. Think about what you do, and why you do it.

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