"It's hard to get in the door" is a series of posts illustrating why those searching for Christ often have a hard time accepting the church. If you have been raised in the church, try imagining what this piece would look like if you had grown up in a world without it. If you are unfamiliar with the culture of church, this will probably seem pretty absurd. All comments are welcome!
Did you catch this one on ABC News two nights ago? In a segment entitled "Heavenly Bodies" we were given an update on the latest trend in Christian fitness centers. The Lord's Gym has as its theme verse, 1 Corinthians 6:19, "do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit?" From this they, and others, build a theology of looking good and eating healthy. Of course the interpretation of "looking good" and "eating healthy" is left up to those who promote this stuff.
The ABC report features fitness programs like "The 40-Day Extreme Makeover," and books including Body by God, The Hallelujah Diet, and What Would Jesus Eat? The "Bible Bar" is a hot selling item in Christian gyms; it contains the seven foods of Deuteronomy. These are apparently divinely sanctioned for all time. (Can you name all seven foods? See Deuteronomy 8:7-8 to find out what you're missing.)
Folks who subscribe to this craze take Joshua 1:9 very literally (though very out of context): Be strong and courageous. In this case "strong" is interpreted as physical strength. I suppose it could also apply to strong personality, strong leadership style or strong body odor. Certainly it wouldn't reference a strong faith in a powerful, caring God.
In this multi-billion dollar industry, I'm guessing someone is making a lot of money off of Christians. Sounds like more snake oil to me.