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And as I’ve thought about that fact more and more, I’ve come to think that exercise is not only good for the body; for the Christian, it’s also good for the soul. And here are 3 reasons why.
I think this is a more revealing moment than some realize. It would be one thing for Trump to disagree with Moore. That would be totally fine and appropriate. But Trump does more than that here. Trump criticizes Moore not for bad views but for being a bad evangelical!
The problem with this is obvious. Do Americans really want a president who thinks it a part of his job description to pontificate about who is and isn’t a good evangelical? Or a good Catholic? Or a good Muslim? Or a good Jew? This is totally outside the norms and traditions of the presidency.
In the last 35 years the number of people attending church in the UK each Sunday has halved – from over five million to less than three million, from 11 percent of the population to five percent. Last year, Lord Carey, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, claimed the Church of England was on the brink of extinction.
Does the church in the UK have a future? Maybe that makes you doubt your faith. Is God real when so many people ignore him?
Many American Christians have this idea that if a church is big, it must be better, but that’s not necessarily the case. Our obsession with “bigness” can be a reflection of American values, instead of biblical ones.
While we often pull our cultural values into our measuring grid for success, size is not necessarily the best measurement for church health.
The messages our culture and media communicate to me are just as loud. According to cultural preferences, I’m way off the mark. Thin is beautiful. Fat is ugly. Thin equals success. Fat equals failure. The thin women usually get the guys and the happy endings. (So the super-thin actors usually get the roles for the thin women who get the guys and the happy endings.) There are some exceptions. Lena Dunham, Mindy Kaling, Tina Fey, and Amy Poehler. And Melissa McCarthy and Rebel Wilson. According to their writing and acting and interviews, they don’t seem concerned and obsessed with body image issues. They don’t seem to expect every female to fit into a size 0 dress on the red carpet (where a size 6 is considered plus-size).
I appreciate you taking the time to read this letter. I can only imagine that it is hard for you to believe that anyone can understand what you’re going through. You are making some of the hardest decisions of your life in the name of love and, no matter what you do, people you love are going to be hurt deeply. That would leave most people feeling both trapped and highly defensive.