"More people are dying due to complications from obesity than alcohol and tobacco use combined. Why isn't the church at the forefront of this?"To be honest, I get tired of hearing about all of the things the church hasn't done. The SBC is a theologically conservative denomination of which I am a member. Yet this kind of thinking is just the conservative counterpart of theological Liberalism...another way to save our culture.
-- West Virginia pastor Steve Willis
"We talk a lot about the heart, soul and mind, but we don't talk a whole lot about loving Him with all our strength," Willis told BP. "We have these covered-dish fellowship dinners where we pile on the food, and it's not godly. Gluttony is one of the seven deadly sins. So we needed to address that.Now I agree that Pastors must address whatever Scripture addresses and gluttony is something that must be dealt with.
"So we started working out, we started eating healthier, we started doing our Wednesday evening fellowship meals a little bit healthier, and K-LOVE started running the story of what we were doing," Willis said. "ABC picked it up, CNN picked it up, the national news wire picked it up and Jamie Oliver heard about it over in England."This reminds me of the "Losing Weight for Jesus" class that is offered in many churches today. Just one more of the many self-help programs that we stamp Jesus' Name to justify our church's existence.
The story goes on to explain how the "film crew" dictated what was to be preached.
The film crew asked Willis to preach again his sermon addressing obesity, and part of that is included in the show.There you have it. The mission of the church is to get people healthier.
"Then they show me working with a family in the church, some visitation I've been doing. One of the families that goes to the church was having some health problems due to dietary issues and a lack of exercise. Then they start focusing on that family and how we're trying to get them healthier," Willis said.
"We are just trying to raise awareness," Willis said.So we have one more thing that will be seen as the church's fault. One more duty and one more program to keep people busy. One more campaign to save men. In this case, to save them from fatness.