Have you ever wondered what the Gospel—the good news of Jesus Christ—has to say the eating issues women face today?
I certainly have.
Six years ago, I didn’t give a whole lot of thought to what—or how—I ate. And I certainly didn’t spend much time pondering how what I ate affected my relationship with God. Or how my relationship with God affected how I ate.
But after the birth of my first child and some health complications, what I ate became a daily battle.
And, as a Christian woman, I longed to know what God thought of my eating struggles. I scoured the internet and countless books, Christian and secular alike, to try to uncover answers to my questions.
But I failed to find a resource that fully satisfied my theological and practical concerns.
So, this month I’m taking a small step toward answering the questions I wish someone had been there to answer for me.
Is there only one God-glorifying way to eat?
How does the Gospel bring hope after yet another binge episode?
How does the truth of our justification by faith alone in Christ mean we can stop starving ourselves to be physically “perfect”?
How can our eating be shaped by grace—not guilt?
In short, how can the Bible’s teaching on our identity in Christ be experienced as good news when it comes to something as mundane—and overwhelming– as eating?
I’ll be exploring these topics and more in a month-long series of essays on Women, Food and Christ: The Gospel for Eating Issues.*
I won’t be writing from a place of completed victory, but of struggle and a desire for understanding.
I hope you’ll join me.
*Title intentionally inspired by Geneen Roth’s Women, Food, And God.