Spiritual Obesity

In 2013, the New York Times published a story about a Pillsbury executive who called together the moguls of fast food to discuss what could be done about childhood obesity.

According to the Times article, “The figures were staggering. More than half of Americawhy-junk-food-is-addictive-668x375n adults were now considered overweight, with nearly one-quarter of the adult population — 40 million people — clinically defined as obese. Among children, the rates had more than doubled since 1980, and the number of kids considered obese had shot past 12 million.”

During the meeting, Michael Mudd, a vice-president of Kraft said, “The one thing we can’t do is nothing.” Mudd and other executives agreed that, in time, people would soon compare the dangers of obesity from their products to the health risks associated with tobacco.

The American Heart Association and the Centers for Disease Control all blamed junk food for the almost epidemic proportion of obesity.

Agree or disagree, it is clear that junk food turns people into sick, diseased and obese individuals.

In churches of Christ, there is a prevalence of junk food being fed members of the body of the Lord. More and more, there are accounts of preachers who think jokes and funny stories are what people want to hear. More interested in personal success than teaching the Bible, these purveyors of spiritual junk food are creating a sick, diseased and obese body.

In the Corinthian church, members were majoring in minors. It is clear from the apostle Paul’s letter that members of the church at Corinth had adopted a diet of worldliness that was poisoning the body to death. Paul in his letter correcting them called attention to their worldly divisions and then pointed them to the cross. He wrote, “For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God,” (1 Corinthians 1:18 NASB).

Brother and sisters in Christ, are followers of Jesus fed a steady diet of spiritual junk food? Just as putting junk food into the human body causes disease, giving the church a diet of humor and fiction will lead to the same thing. Is the church getting spiritual nourishment from the teaching of Christ and him crucified (1 Corinthians 1:23), or is the body of Christ suffering from spiritual obesity?

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