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Saturday, February 28, 2004

My Body is a Temple -- would you like fries with that?

More and more church groups are realizing that it doesn't make sense to tell people to respect their bodies, the temple of the Lord, by not smoking/ not sleeping around/ etc., over a meal of fried chicken and doughnuts.

The Chronicle reports:
"You'll see a group of people who have obviously been to church," [Pastor] Ed Young said. "And you'll see them order all this fat-laden food and then they'll say, 'Let's pray together. God, bless this food to the nourishment of our bodies.'

"The deal is they should have prayed before they ordered, 'God, help me order stuff that will glorify you.' "
Right on. I know several healthy-eating church-going smokers who see their smoking as no worse than their minister's spare tire. While it's true it's no worse, it's also no better, and comparison to the other person is no excuse for not changing behavior -- as both groups need to realize.

On the other hand, I'll point out to the Reverend Hawkins who complained about the 25% who "drink six or more cups of coffee a day" that six or more cups of coffee a day can be seen as a way of taking care of your body!


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