December 16, 2010Read: Romans 12

"Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will." --Romans 12:2

Watching the news tonight, a story came up about a local man who recently served as the body double for the actor Jack Black in the poster ads for the upcoming movie Gulliver's Travels. The man was honored to do his duty, saying that he's now famous from the neck down. The producers needed an overweight, out-of-shape man with Jack's bodytype, and this lucky guy fit the mold. Well, hoo-ray.

As the story unfolded, they asked what the man did for a living to which the he proudly replied, "I'm a pastor."

Now folks, we realize that life is not about the body, but tonight's story is a good indicator of just how much of a paradigm shift we need. As always, it's not about perfection, and it's not about chiseled biceps for sure. But we need a renewed mind in the area of health. When 70% of Americans are overweight, and 1 in 3 children born today might not outlive their parents due to obesity-related illness, isn't it time to consider our effort toward better health as a means of silent evangelism? Again, it's not that the pastor doesn't care about the message he's sending, but maybe he doesn't know that he's sending a message.

WE WANT TO KNOW >>Should we be striving to be a healthy example for those around us? >>What kind of impact would the Pastor have made had he said no to the opportunity because he wanted to be a better example about his health? Please leave your comments here or in our forums about today's topic. We realize it's a sensitive one, and we pray it's received well. But let us know what you think.