If you’re like me, trying to think about how God views eating issues can simply bring an added measure of guilt to an already discouraging issue. In a world that tells women to feel bad until we’ve beaten our bodies into skinny, toned submission, it can be easy to fall into the trap of thinking that God feels the same way about eating struggles as we do: frustrated and hopeless.
But is that really true?
Is God really angry when we enjoy tortilla chips and guacamole on a night out?
Does God frown upon Chocolate Fudge Brownie ice cream?
Is He only pleased with us when we eat fruits, vegetables, and whole grains?
Or, on the other hand, could He care less about what we put in our mouths?
These questions rattle in the back of our brains, eluding answer and bringing disquiet to our souls. And I look forward to exploring, and hopefully helping to answer, some these questions in the coming days.
But, for today, we need to begin at the beginning. And that means beginning at the cross of Jesus Christ and the good news found in his empty tomb three days later.
What does the death of a Jewish religious teacher 2000-plus years ago have to do with a Twizzler addiction? Or the inability to eat anything with more than three grams of fat (or starchy carbohydrate)?
Everything, my friends.
The life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ has everything to do with our food struggles.
Because the gospel—the news of Christ’s death for sinners and his subsequent resurrection three days later— applies to all of life and thus is good news for eating issues.
If you’ve been in a church much, you may have heard that “gospel” simply means good news. And that’s true.
But, even for those of us who claim to believe it, how often is the gospel known and experienced as the life-giving, soul-quenching, belly-silencing good news that it truly is?
Not nearly enough, I’m afraid.
So, in the coming days, I look forward to exploring how Jesus Christ is truly good, hope-offering, life-restoring, habit-conquering news when it comes to the eating struggles women face.
But, for today, may we realize that integrating faith with food issues doesn’t mean beating ourselves up over failing to attain to the perfect diet. May we rest and rejoice in Christ, who came that we “may have life, and have it abundantly.”