Biggest Christian Excuse for Not Living a Healthy Lifestyle
Having grown up going to church all my life and being somewhat of a health and fitness enthusiast, I feel compelled to point out a dangerous outlook on health and fitness that a lot of Christians have today. It's more like an excuse. I guess any excuse will do, but this quite popular in Christian circles and really makes little sense whatsoever. It's this idea that since God is basically in control of where and when I die, then basically I'm free to eat whatever I want and do as little as I want in the area of exercise. After all, when it's my time to go, it's my time to go.
The problem with this logic is that it's more or less a deceptive truth. Yes, God does control the time of our departure from this world, but do you really believe that what you do or don't do has no bearing on when you leave this world? If that's the case then why aren't we all jumping off bridges or racing through the streets at 100 miles an hour? Anybody for a game of Russian Roulette?
No, didn't think so, so why risk your health with food items that have been proven to increase your risk of diseases. It's pretty much known to most these days that our biggest health woes are the result of too much sugar in our diet, especially foods with added processed sugars. Eating unhealthy foods in unhealthy proportions is the equivalent of smoking or drinking. Excess sugar, and it really doesn't take much at all, is poison. If you wouldn't dream of taking hard drugs because of what it might do to your body, then consider that sugar can be just as deadly, but perhaps it might be said it kills you at a slower rate than other substances. Depending on the amounts, sugar can realistically exceed the dangers of smoking very easily. Scientists and doctors now believe that excess sugar found in packaged foods may be responsible for increased cases of diabetes, heart disease, fatty liver disease, and more. From Medicalxpress.com
The problem is Christians are human, we all want to hang on to some vice, never realizing that sugar is not just a sinless treat, but has been found to be as addictive as illegal drugs. If you don't believe me, have you ever tried talking to someone about their food habits? There is a great deal of emotion attached to sugary snacks, and this emotion lies in its addictive properties. Any substance that creates anger or an unhealthy emotional attachment, is dangerous, if not sinful. What do you think would be harder to give up, reading your Bible or eating cake? Which one do you crave the most?
If God is against smoking, then surely He's also against drinking a pack of sodas a day. We reason that smoking is a sin because it's unhealthy for the body. To be honest there is no clear verse in the Bible that condemns smoking. Most relate that particular theology to 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 which says,
"What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's."
There's no verse that covers sugar consumption except references to the sin of gluttony.
Proverbs 23:21 For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.
Interesting to note that Jesus was attacked for gluttonous living, but he also fasted once for over 40 days. Jesus refused to turn a stone into bread when the Devil tempted him. Therefore, we know that Jesus did not place food above spiritual needs.
I think the overall point for a Christian to take away is that food should never take the place of God. If you covet foods with processed sugars to the point that you'd rather die than to live without them, then it seems logical to assume you are not only addicted to those foods, but you are placing them before God in your life.
Fasting is something we don't do much of these days. Today's Christian can't even abstain from unhealthy foods for lengthy periods, much less fast. I can't say much in regards to total fasting. I do good to eat breakfast a little later in the day. Obviously, fasting has to be a decision based on what you feel led to do by God and by your own personal health considerations. For some in already weakened health conditions fasting could be dangerous.
It may be a great start to try fasting by just eating foods that serve the purpose of maintaining your physical health and refraining from eating junky foods for a time. Just replacing bad food for natural healthy food can make all the difference in the world.
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