Counter-Cultural

“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Romans 12:2 (NLT)

Wall Street Journal, May 29, 2014 states (in reference to women’s clothing): “The measurements for a size 0 today were the measurements assigned to a size 8 in 1978.”

Wall Street Journal, May 30, 2014 states: “2.1 billion people, or about 29% of the world’s population, were either overweight or obese in 2013.”

And the May 30th article continued: “The increases in overweight and obese people ‘have been substantial, widespread, and have arisen over a short time,’ said the study.” The USA, of course, tops the list with 86.9 million people categorized as obese in 2013.

It’s a sad statistic.  And it’s had a toll on people’s health, longevity, lifestyle and pocketbook.  Health care costs have risen substantially.  But the truth is that our culture has endorsed it, if not encouraged it.

The link between the above two articles is obvious, isn’t it? Our culture has given everyone permission to gain weight, by calling what was a size 8 now a size 0.  Heck, you can gain weight and wear the same size!  Such “reframing” of sizes only furthers the epidemic.  What are those of us who, under the old system, were a 4 or a 6 supposed to do?  Ask the salesperson for sub-zero sizes? I can just imagine the evil glares!

I’m not saying that everyone needs to be skinny.  God made people in all shapes and sizes.  What I am saying is that we need to take care of the bodies God has given us.  But our culture has given us permission not to.  God loves everyone and wants us to be all that He created us to be … in this life and the next.  He gave us beautiful, capable, strong, complex, intricate bodies (see June 3, 2014 post). He gave them to us to steward. Let’s not let the world dictate our behavior, let’s let God renew our minds. Let’s steward everything that He has given us well.  Let’s reclaim these bodies to glorify the One who gave them to us!

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Author: AHRoberts

My calling is to integrate the body back into how we worship and devote ourselves to God. God asks us to love Him with all that we are. And as integrated beings made in His likeness, that must include our bodies. Unfortunately, however, much of Christianity does not include the body in faith practices. I believe God cares about all of who we are, including how we care for and interact with these amazing bodies He gave us. A group-fitness instructor for over 27 years and a personal trainer, I also have a Masters from Trinity Evangelical Divinity school. My love for fitness and for Jesus have always been intertwined. My desire is to fuel a movement that brings the body back into loving God with ALL of who we are.

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