At least, that’s what I heard. A while back a friend of mine came to me and asked me if I had heard a certain sermon from a certain well-known preacher concerning obesity. I told him I had not, to which he said I was going to be really angry. I listened to said sermon by said preacher and he does in fact make the assumption that if you are fat that there is no way you can really be a Christian. His point was that because the apparent addiction to food had not come under the Lordship of Christ then you couldn’t be really saved. I heard this message shortly before moving back to New Orleans and with everything else that was going on I pushed it out of my mind.
That is until two days ago when I heard another message by the same preacher where in it he again pushed the fact that fat people can’t be Christian. Now, I fully believe that context is king so I made sure I listened to the entirety of the messages even looking at the message series as a whole to see if I was missing something…yeah…I wasn’t.
Here’s the deal. I fully believe (even as a fatty) that all things should come under the Lordship of Christ. I would never argue against that, except in this case this preachers point goes far beyond the Lordship of Christ and more into a dogmatic authoritative bias presented in arrogance and lacking any real biblical merit.
My point is this…to say that someone is not a Christian or is unable to be in relationship with Christ because of a struggle, addiction, past sins, generational sins, etc is saying that grace does not exist. And if grace does not exists than what’s the point? So, to all my fellow bigguns…to all my fellow wanderers who struggle with a myriad of things life throws at us…don’t let the arrogance of one get you down. His grace is sufficient…even if a few say otherwise.
Until next time…