I was in HIghland Park Texas last week, a community inside Dallas, and as I drove around I found these MONOLITHIC churches on every corner. It seemed as though the people of the community just kept building and putting more and more resources in the buildings of the church. It was absolutely beautiful. I love being in Dallas.
On my way to the airport, I thought the "Church Row" syndrome I witnessed might have been limited to the community I was staying, but I was dead wrong. All along the Tollway there were churches advertising their Sunday Morning services, their newest programs, and some even boasted of their schools enrollment schedules. It was absolutely AMAZING!!
I mean there are MILLIONS of dollars of church buildings all over the Dallas Metroplex, every corner seeming to boast of an offering of resource to the community; and they were all BEAUTIFUL. Architecturally, I just kept shaking my head in bewilderment. WOW, These people really take their time with God serious!! I thought.
And then I started thinking about the upcoming Health Care Weekend. I started thinking about how incredible faith followers are at building buildings, designing interior, and making a place of worship something to be proud of. And then I started thinking about the way we treat our own temple.
Paul makes it clear in 1 Corinthians that our bodies are the temple where God dwells today. It's a place where we worship God with our thoughts, our activities, our business, and our daily ins and outs. But when I walked trough the airport watching people, I didn't find the same amazement I did when I was admiring the Church Buildings in Highland Park.
We've got MAJOR problems with the taking care of our personal temples in America today. And it's not just about what we eat, how much we exercise, or what we do with our bodies; it's actually a comprehensive need to re-think the way we build our bodies.
Some might think it vanity to even broach this discussion, but I'm not talking about 6 pack abs and bikini worthy bodies. I'm talking about just being cognisant of our bodies and how God created them to be.
1 Corinthians 6 says, "I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything. You say, “Food for the stomach and the stomach for food…" And what he's really referring to here is the freedom we have to do whatever we want under the grace of God. But we have a responsibility to take care of the things we have. With much freedom comes much responsibility, and responsibility doesn't stop at the entry to your stomach.
As followers of Jesus, we have to be as committed to taking care of our own temple, as we are of making sure we spend time with God. We have to make sure we understand, even though it's popular to eat fast food, or binge on a plate of Nachos; we might be representing God in a dim way the more we stuff our faces with bad food.
All that to say, the obesity problem in America isn't just a health care problem, it's a spiritual one. Eating and treating your body well is just as important as building a new building for your community to worship in.
Keep tuning in on Health Care Weekends at AndyBraner.com, and we'll keep posting ways you can focus little by little to master the temple God gave you.