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If our bodies are temples, then why do we enjoy defiling them?

April 3, 2010

If our bodies are temples, then why do we enjoy defiling them?

Imagine it’s Sunday and you are in the middle of morning worship service. You look to your left then look to your right observing everyone in the sanctuary. Now I have a few questions for you and be real: How many of those people can you tell from just looking at them that if they had to run a mile in under 12 minutes to save their lives you would be attending their funeral next week? How many people are you sitting next to that you can STILL smell the cigarette that they smoked right before they came in for service? How many visible tattoos do you see? I think it’s safe to say that there are more than a few people in your church that fall into either one of these categories, if not all three.

Earlier this week I came across an article about Donna Simpson better known as “The World’s Fattest Mom”. Donna is a mother of two and her goal is to become the world’s heaviest woman (check it out here). She already holds the world record for being the heaviest woman to ever give birth and now she wants to tip the scales at over 1000 pounds. Clearly this woman has issues. After reading the article I couldn’t help wondering what would possess someone to purposely abuse their body like that. While 1000 pounds is extreme, the mindset behind this lifestyle choice is VERY prevalent in today’s society. How many people do you hear justify their actions by saying it’s their body so it shouldn’t be your concern? According to a report done by the Trust for America’s Health, the obesity epidemic in our country is getting even worse. We are a country that doesn’t eat healthy, grossly over-eats, and refuses to exercise. If you don’t believe the Church is just as guilty as everyone else you either need to get your eyes checked or you just told on yourself because you haven’t been to church in a cool minute.

The American Cancer Society reports that cigarettes kill about half of all Americans who continue smoking. Each year about 443,600 people in the United States die from illnesses related to tobacco use. Smoking cigarettes kills more Americans than alcohol, car accidents, suicide, AIDS, homicide, and illegal drugs combined. Cigarette smoking accounts for at least 30% of all cancer deaths. And as serious as cancer is, it accounts for less than half of the deaths related to smoking each year. Smoking is a major cause of heart disease, aneurysms, bronchitis, emphysema, and stroke. Whenever I read these facts I can never understand why anyone, Christian or non-Christian, would even CONSIDER smoking a cigarette.

Now tattoos are a more debatable subject for most Christians because there isn’t a concrete consequence for getting them like there is for being obese and for smoking cigarettes. I’ve heard arguments ranging from “The Bible doesn’t say that tattoos are bad in the New Testament”, to “Tattoos are just an art form, another way for me to express myself.” While the New Testament might not explicitly state that Christians aren’t allowed to get tattoos, 1 Corinthians 10:31 tells us, “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God”. So if we are completely real with ourselves can we in good conscience, ask God to bless and use the marking up of our bodies for His own good purposes?

I leave you with this thought: 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 states, “Or don’t you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.” As Christians once we said yes to Christ we said no to ourselves. Our bodies belong to God because He purchased them with blood of Christ on that rugged cross over 2000 years ago. We didn’t deserve such a amazing gift of grace, never have and never will. So to show our gratitude to God isn’t honoring Him with our bodies the LEAST that we can do? Just my 2 cents.


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