A full two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese.
Some even joke about it, saying things like:
“Sure, sometimes I think about exercise. But then I immediately take a nap until the thought goes away!”
But here’s what’s not a joking matter…Christians may be in even worse shape than the general population!
A Purdue University Study concluded that Christians were 14% more likely than non-believers to be obese.
I guess you could say we’re high achievers!
For example, at this point some people might try to make you feel extremely guilty for not exercising or not eating healthy.
You know…the ol’ boot-camp drill-Sargent approach…
“What! Christ carried a cross for two miles while beaten, battered, and bruised with people yelling and spitting at him and you can’t even crank out one measly pushup!!! What sort of a good-for-nothing Christian are you?”
Relax! You won’t hear that kind extreme guilt-driven rhetoric from me for two reasons:
Second, trying to convince people that they “should” feel guilty is just not a very caring approach.
I like to work with the genuine feelings that people already have instead of condemning them for not feeling the way someone else thinks they “should” feel.
So relax…for a moment…the extreme guilt approach is not my style. 🙂
On the other hand, I also don’t want to go to the opposite extreme.... And this might be a harder pill for you to swallow.
Some people go to the extreme of saying that the condition you are currently in is not really your fault at all.
They’ll suggest that maybe you just didn’t know what to do or maybe there just wasn’t a feasible solution in the olden days of, say, 2014!
That’s so sweet. Let’s see…$19.95 times 1 million people…that’s only about 20 million dollars! No wonder they want to help so many people!
Look, I’m not opposed to making a living as a Christian and I even hope to make a bit of a second income myself.
But not without being up-front with you about your own privilege and responsibility in taking care of the body God gave you.
Quite frankly, when you thank God for the gift of your body by caring for it wisely, you also increase the odds of living longer and better. What’s not to like?
if enough Christians finally embrace a healthier lifestyle, we can stop praying so much for help dealing with preventable diseases and start praying for things that actually do need a more miraculous intervention--like world peace, justice, an end to world hunger, and maybe even a winning season for the Cleveland Browns.
Wouldn’t that be a better use of the time on our knees?
Your program works well for us when I am available and I get a kick out of doing them with Kevin. He watches your videos and then instructs me later, and we exercise together. Thanks for helping us get in shape!
--Debbie and Kevin, spouse and pastor
Got all three workouts in this week (I do appreciate the extra day on Saturday, as that is when I did the Friday work out - nice to have a 'catch-up' day!)Thanks, Kent, I look forward to next week.
Peace, Kathy Shuck, pastor
Thanks for your note! I appreciate your time, concern, and exercises. I am combining your exercises (in the motel room) with the use of treadmill and weights in the workout room. So far, things are going well…The simplicity of the program has gotten me back to and looking forward to daily exercise! THANK YOU!