Is it sacrilegious to give thanks to God for a heaping bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken?
Fitness is a covenant with God, Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee revealed in a speech to Harding University students attending daily chapel. After being warned that the next decade of his life would be his last if he did not change his diet and begin exercising, Huckabee was inspired to change his physical reality. Gov. Huckabee, a former Baptist Pastor, was diagnosed with type two diabetes two years ago, which spurred him to lose about 110 pounds to date.
Among the messages he brought to the event hosted by Harding’s Wellness Committee:
“If my body belonged to the Lord, I was not following the design of the Designer,”
“It is a matter of the divine ownership of the body”
“I was living in a way that made my body unfit as a temple where He might live. It was not only unhealthy. It was sinful,”
“In the South we enjoy our food. But before we enjoy it, we first batter it and fry it,”
“If you grow up poor, you eat to stretch you dollar. But it also stretches your waistline,”
“In Arkansas, people have three bad activities – smoking, inactivity, and overeating,”
Admittedly some of his statements have merit. The South is well known for its fattening, artery-clogging methods of preparing food. Couple that with a sedentary lifestyle and you’ll see many individuals out of shape and eventually sick as well. But are they sinners?
Too, healthy foods tend to cost much more than vitamin and benefit deficient processed fare and this is more of a problem when you have less to spend for food. There is no good reason why healthy foods need to cost so much more unless it’s because The Lord wants healthy food providers to be abundantly compensated for providing His design dependents. Vegetable growers and exercise equipment manufacturers must be some of the holiest, and safest, people on Earth.
Controversial legislation has come about because of Huckabee’s near-death (or near enough for him) experience.
Huckabee has used his governorship to encourage state-wide weight-loss. Huckabee’s legislative package last year included a law now in effect requiring public schools to weigh their students, and send home each child’s body-mass-index, said Huckabee spokesman Jim Harris.
The governor has also launched a study of the effect on obesity of junk food-dispensing vending machines in Arkansas schools, said Harris.
The goal is commendable but the motivation seems whacked. How is saying a God wants you to be thin and beautiful any different than a fashion industry saying you’re worthless unless you are correctly dressed, lean, fit and big-boobed? Are we soon going to see “Flat-Chest Anorexics for Christ” movements?
Does Gov. Huckabee instead fear death and hold doubt in Divine judgment more than he will admit? If Heaven exists, why is he delaying his chance to move there?
This only supports my belief that when death seems imminent, those threatened hug up to a savior. To those looking forward to leaving this reality, it seems insincere that they fight so hard to continue living in an imperfect sin-filled world. Yet even when death and release is offered, many believers struggle mightily to avoid it.
When, and if, God is ready to judge, most believers probably doubt He will judge them fairly. I can’t say I blame them, if they happened to be fat and out of shape.
This god seems shallow to me but I’m thin so maybe I’ll be OK.
Also an interesting, though unrelated, read: http://mikehuckabee.com/recent_news.htm