My husband and I are going through Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University, and in last night’s class, Ramsey said something that struck me.
“Your life (as a Christian) should be attractive to others.”
He is of course, speaking from the perspective of having your finances in order. What non-Christian would look at a life marred by debt and terrible spending and go “yeah, that looks good. I want to take the path that person is on.”
And we scratch our heads wondering why people may not be interested in Christianity.
Think about Ramsey’s statement through the lens of what we eat. If we’re making food choices that increase our risk of obesity, cancer or other chronic diseases (as our food choices generally do in America), who would want to be like us?
We’re not taking the time to be different, whether we’re talking about finances or food.
1 Corinthians 3:16 says “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is sacred and you are that temple.” (emphasis added)
How many of us have read that verse and thought something along the lines of, “well, I’m not a meth addict. I’m dominating this part of my Christian walk. Don’t those drugs addicts know your body is a temple?”
We’ve all done it. My husband remembers a time a few years ago where a man at church wouldn’t let his kids eat the donuts we had out every Sunday morning before services. His reasoning to my husband? “Your body is a temple.” It seemed like a ludicrous response at the time. But now, we get it (and now, we usually have non-donut breakfast items out before the service).
Paul’s words in Corinthians should make us look deeper. “If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him.”
Those words weigh on me.
In America, the wealthiest country in the world, we’re destroying our temples every day. We eat huge slabs of meat and a pile of french fries, smile and say in jest, “that’s the American way!”
It might be. But it shouldn’t be the Christian way.
God’s spirit lives in us. It’s time we started eating like we believe that.