How can God redeem and save my life if he’s not even able to help me maintain a healthy weight?
Somehow, my body is sizable enough to undermine the power of the Gospel.
The natural assumption is that I want to be married, so to still be single at 27 makes me the object of pity, scrutiny, or, at worse, apathy.
While I do dream of marriage, I feel helpless in pursuing it when I’ve only experienced rejection from men in the church.
I’ve been told that my weight is a poor reflection of the stewardship God demands of me in all things, because, after all, we are “to offer our bodies as living sacrifices” (Romans 12:1).
And, unfortunately, unrealistic body expectations are just one way that we diminish and derail the value of women in the church. Only by ignoring the shame and embarrassment I feel in writing a post like this can we begin a healthy discussion, acknowledging the detrimental effects of our preoccupation with physical beauty.
Dating as an overweight woman can be more difficult.
Dating as an overweight conservative Christian woman seems impossible.
We, as believers, must show self-control in all things (2 Timothy 1:7).
Gluttony, one of the seven deadly sins, is clearly rebuked in Scripture (Proverbs -21).