I had the privilege of writing an article for Christianity Today this week.
This article first appeared on October 14, 2015 on Her.Meneutics
In all of my remembered days, two truths remain constant: I believe in God, and I am fat. While there have been seasons where I struggled with my faith or my fatness, neither has ever left me.
As a teen, I thought that being a good, effective Christian meant being thin. Fatness was associated with a lack of self-control, one of the fruits of the Spirit. So I came to view my weight as an outward sign that I must not really believe or obey. I was terrified that my witness would be hampered by the size of my thighs. Surely no one would believe in the power of the Resurrected Christ if his Spirit wasn’t strong enough to keep me from gaining weight.
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I loved this article. You are the only person I know talking against the Christian mentality that fat=sin.
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Thank you so much for sharing this much needed perspective. Bless you!!
Finally read this. Really eye-opening and thought-provoking. I’m glad to know you!
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Thank you for your voice I’m the world of non-diet/body acceptance movement. I need more Christian voices around. Would I rather idolize thinness and shirk God’s nudgings until I reach it, failing over and over, or would I rather trust God can use me no matter the size of my body, in fact maybe even using me including the size of my body?