Saturday, May 5th, 2012
Eating Right (Part 6: Anorexia and Bulimia)
His food in his stomach turns sour; It becomes cobra venom within him. He swallows down riches and vomits them up again.
Job 20:14-15 (NKJV)
Have you found honey? Eat only as much as you need, lest you be filled with it and vomit.
Proverbs 25:16 (NKJV)
Anorexia and bulimia maim and kill their victims--primarily girls and young women. These demons (yes, I call them demons) tempt girls to eat in isolation--hiding their habits and their shame.
'Throughout his life he also eats in darkness with great vexation, sickness, and anger' (Ecclesiastes 5:17).
I believe the published rate of .5% to 3.5% of girls who suffer from eating disorders would rise if tracked in entertainment. Female performers face industry pressure toward abnormal thinness.
This tragedy is our tragedy. When part of the body of Christ suffers, we all suffer. Here's the thing: actors, models, and talent for Christ must lead the world in a better direction than hungry stars. So, what can you do?
1) Don't talk about dieting--ever! Our overwhelming preoccupation with dieting is deadly. Don't talk about your own body image or anyone else's, 'Lest somehow this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to those who are weak' (1 Corinthians 8:9). Turn diet talk into God talk. The enemy (who fuels diet talk) will leave the premises.
Consider Jesus' directions about fasting to include all diets: 'But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father Who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly' (Matthew 6:17-18).
Keep your diet between you and God. He will bless it. If God wants you to share it with someone else (for his or her benefit), He will tell you.
2) Don't buy into bony beauty standards. Don't try to get skinny. Don't believe the size 2 hype. Eat right, exercise right, and if you have room to improve--ask God to transform you into the perfect body shape. Only through God can any positive transformation occur.
3) Don't ignore an eating disorder at your door. If you know someone may be suffering from this deadly attack, intervene immediately and kindly. God revealed it to you for a purpose. Seek help from a caring doctor and a Spirit-filled church without delay.
To Be Continued...
For diversity, the 'Eating Right' devotion series will be split into segments. Expect the next segments in mid-May.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Eating Right series.