So, Rick Warren has a new diet book about to be released. Surprise, surprise, it centers around 40 days of eating healthier.
I agree that a healthy diet is very important. I am pretty strict about what I consume, and watch my weight. I exercise regularly, and I strive to control my blood pressure with a low sodium diet. I get it.
But why is it that celebrity pastors inevitably feel compelled to mind everybody else's business when it comes to food. For Pete's sake, why do I need Rick Warren to tell me what to eat (actually he has two co-authors who are MDs who will tell me what to eat).
Big deal, Rick Warren's lost weight. Haven't we all at one time or another? Sure, he's noticed "dunlap's" disease among more than a few of those attending Saddleback (Click Here). He's concerned for them. Fine. Yet, what business is it of Rick Warren's if some people in his church eat too much? Besides, gluttony has far more to do with the human heart than it does with someone's weight.
One new form of legalism is food. No so much what you eat, but what others eat. If you don't eat "gluten-free," people have a fit. Are you eating "Paleo?" No, and remind me, what was the average life-span of a caveman? About thirty? Others ask me, "haven't you tried Kale yet?" "It is a super food," whatever that is. I always thought a "super food" was a large cheese, sausage, and pepperoni pizza washed down by a cold beer. Or a western bacon cheeseburger with onion rings. I cannot understand why some cabbage-like plant which tastes awful is a "super" anything--unless you throw it in your Nutri-Bullet, pulverize it into a million pieces, and then kill the bitter taste with an apple.
If Rick Warren can do it, I can do it. I've decide to write my own diet book. It will be eschatologically focused--"your resurrection body now"--and based upon seven-years of pure tribulation. It will be self-published, and not distributed. Why? Because I don't care what you eat, so long as you leave me alone to eat whatever I want. Trust me. I'll do my best to eat a healthy diet. And I know you will too.
There, now I feel better and I burned-off a few calories while composing this.