As a nation, we are fat. While Mexico might have an edge in percentage, we have the highest number. Who hasn’t started a diet in the last 90 days? Who isn’t thinking about it right now? How did we get this way? Here are 5 reasons why we are the fattest nation on Earth:
- We eat too much.
- We eat out of balance.
- We have a sweet tooth.
- We solve problems through eating.
- We emphasize a certain look too much.
Have you ever considered that, for the same 5 reasons, American Christians constitute the fattest nation on Earth also?
We eat too much. So many go from this study to that study and fill up. They eat so much at each offering but are not exercising. Southern Baptists have nearly ruined Sunday School because we demand deeper studies. We want “teaching” pastors. We want awards and certificates that show how much we have eaten. We gorge ourselves on education but are not putting that knowledge to work. We just eat.
We eat out of balance. Like those who refuse to eat greens, or only vegetables, or only meat and potatoes, Christians today are eating out of balance. The early church met in community AND shared possessions AND worshipped together AND socialized with each other AND saw people coming to faith. These things happened in balance. Today, we tend to only do 1 or 2, maybe 3. We are a people that spiritually eat out of balance.
We have a sweet tooth. I am on Facebook and try to stay up with it as often as I can. People love a “feel-good” statement. It doesn’t seem to matter if it is theologically sound as long as it stays positive and encouraging. A generation ago people wanted a “feel-good” church and preacher. Now people have settled for “feel-good” posts as an outlet for their spirituality. It amazes me the number of people who are trying to get their spiritual nutrition from Facebook, but they are.
We solve problems through eating. This is akin to eating too much or eating out of balance. When we are under stress and anxiety, some people eat their way to feeling better which is called stress-eating. The problem is that food is not the solution to the problem. Bible reading and church attendance are proper things to do regularly. However, if you are doing more of those things trying to wash over the poor choices or sin in your life it does not work. Like food, they are necessary to health but cannot solve the underlying problem of stress or anxiety. We need to solve the real problem rather than trying to mask it.
We emphasize a certain look too much. God has created numerous body types. Just because our culture only likes one or two does not mean yours is wrong. You have to be who God created you to be in a healthy way. This is true for your spiritual life and church too. God did not create you to be someone else. He created you just the way you are. When we try to be like the magazine cover or the popular church down the street it will backfire. Be healthy but be YOU.
I am shocked that you are turning away so soon from God, who called you to himself through the loving mercy of Christ. You are following a different way that pretends to be the Good News but is not the Good News at all. You are being fooled by those who deliberately twist the truth concerning Christ.