Is it a sin to not live a healthy lifestyle?
For my fellow believers in Christ, I want to address a question that I hope we as Christians at least contemplate. Is it a sin to eat unhealthy food? Does God want us to eat healthy and exercise?
If you want to, it's super easy to talk yourself out of eating healthy and exercising. Most folks probably recall the verse,
1 Timothy 4:8 KJV
But notice it doesn't say exercise doesn't have any profit. It's simply comparing bodily exercise to the importance of exercising godly behavior. Of course, that which is eternal is more valuable, but you cannot disregard exercise. Obviously, the intent implied is that it's assumed that you have assigned value to exercise, or the example might take away from how important the spiritual is.
Further, if you truly believe exercise has no profit because it doesn't pertain to the spiritual, then you definitely want to put down the junk food because, surely, junk food serves no function other than to please fleshly lusts. In fact, it's a lot like cigarettes and alcohol with regard to sugar's addictive nature, and has serious health consequences as well.
Then there's the idea that God has pre-ordained our time on earth, therefore it matters little how much we eat healthy or exercise. First, I do agree that God knows the time and place of our departure, and that God is ultimately in control of when we go, but, at the same time, this can't be used as a reason to throw away the health that God gives us.
It's almost like throwing yourself off a bridge slowly because you think nothing can kill you until it's your time to go. Some have wisely said, that if a man really wants to kill himself, then God may just let him leave this world early. People commit suicide all the time, and we definitely say that it is not the will of God for someone to take their life, but then so many Christians throw away their health, slowly but surely, for the taste of sugar and unhealthy processed foods.
I believe the Bible teaches we are all stewards of what God has given us. We should be careful to take care of everything that the Lord has provided, and, as such, how could we fail to take care of the most precious physical gift that God has given us - our life.
Luke 12:42 KJV
God has given us all free will, so we must realize that we are very capable of making everyday choices that we perhaps perceive as not being very meaningful when, in fact, they have grave consequences in the end.
Think of it this way, no man lives or dies to himself. Think of all the family members and friends it would affect if you were to become gravely ill tomorrow. Sugar alone can cause heart disease, diabetes, and even feed cancer cells, and that is just sugar. Add in a sedentary lifestyle and lots of processed foods that come with unhealthy processed fats and chemicals and you can literally kill yourself slowly.
So, is it the will of God for a person to pay attention to what they eat? Is it a sin not to? I'd say logic would indicate, that yes, it is a sin to not take care of the body that God has given you.
One more thing to chew on, so to speak, God has compared gluttony, or the sin of overeating, to being drunk and to the sin of rebellion.
Deuteronomy 21:20 KJV