The National Health and Nutrition Survey
in 2004 tells us 133.6 million (66%) adult Americans are obese or overweight. A
study indicates conservative churches such as southern Baptists, Assembly of
God and Church of
God fight this battle
more often. Richard Kreider of BaylorUniversity gives further
insight into this. These denominations “avoid dancing, tobacco and alcohol, but
give no guidelines for overeating.” He goes on to say our churches more often
attract with food, not action events.
Even if you don’t suffer from compulsive overeating to the point where
it almost ruins your life like I did, still unhealthy eating habits can slow
you down and diminish your witness.
From my own true story, I can say that though I gave my heart to God at
age seven and attended church regularly, compulsive overeating almost ruined my
life. I teetered on the brink of suicide and divorce for several years. Praise
God, He gave me an emotional and spiritual healing just in time.
Have you given your heart to
Have you set Him on the
throne of your life?
That is the question each Christian must face.
Think about it.
If anything (even food) takes the place of God in your life, you hamper your walk with Christ, you drown in your own powerlessness, and you're not putting your trust where it needs to go. Why is weight loss important to the Christian? It's not about the food. It's about the fix. Is your mind fixed on Jesus, or the next treat you plan on eating?