When I started writing about my experience being a fat Christian, I really thought it would look different. As with other things I'd written, I'd expected a good amount of shares, likes, and comments from friends. Now, it may be that the quality of my writing has declined or that this just isn't a topic that people are interested in. But--and I am willing to be wrong here--I don't think that's the case.
There is a morality attached to being fat. (I write more about that here.) We view it as inherently bad, to be avoided at all costs. And this isn't just for our culture--it has seeped into our churches as well. In American churches, we have set up an idol of "health"--with the language of taking care of our temple. The problem is that many times, we have an expectation for the resurrected body on the wrong side of the Resurrection. Weakness, frailty, and illness are inevitable in our current condition. And beyond setting up an idol of healthy perfection that we will fail to achieve on this side of the second coming of Jesus, we miss out on the beauty of the Kingdom that turns the expectations of the world on its head. When I am weak, then I am strong. His strength is made perfect in my weakness.
So, I decided that I am done with the fat-is-bad game. I will stand up for the goodness, truth, and beauty that I see in every body because everybody is created in God's image, and this is not just a spiritual reality, but a physical one as well.
Will you join me? You can start simply by accepting the body you're in and asking God to help you love it like he does. You can see the way you have judged yourself and your neighbors on a standard that is not biblically sound. You can be vocal in defending fat people from ostracism and condemnation that is not their portion as beloved children of God. And if something I write strikes you as good, true, and beautiful--and needing to be heard by someone in your life--you can share it on social media, commenting why you found what I have said to be helpful or challenging.
This journey is a hard one, I know. But it is worth it to walk in the freedom Jesus offers, both for yourself and for the people you love.