The Jeshurun people were those who considered themselves to be “an upright people” or a “seeing people” who lost their reputation because they made gods of themselves. We all are kin to the Jeshurun people when we worship idols that contribute to making us “fat” in godless values that tug us away from the cross.
Food has become a form of god-worship in the U.S. According to U.S. News Heath, the U.S leads the world in obesity, which leads to serious health issues. I often use a retreat theme titled “Who Takes Care of You?” Each participant receives a heart cut out of red construction paper, and I quiz them about their eating habits, exercise routines, and social/meditational practices. I ask questions, such as “Do you eat more fish and fowl instead of red meat?” If the answer is “no,” the participant puts a fold in their paper heart to represent damage done to the body. Others question deal with drinking soda–diet or regular, consuming fats, and white food, such as flour and sugar. But food is not enough, we must ask questions about our exercise life and how to culture the mind and soul.
When we look at our scarred heart, it reminds us we need to eat more God food (if God didn’t make it, we shouldn’t eat it), to spend less time worshipping the TV and electronic devices, and spend more time with the true God in meditation, prayer, and worship.
Lord, help us wipe out the gods we worship that keep us from living a healthy lifestyle. Amen.
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