While channel surfing, I made the mistake of stopping on a show called “Christian fitness.”
I stopped because I was curious. Just what did Christian fitness look like? Was it different than secular fitness?
Based on the show, I think I’ve figured out the difference. Christian fitness requires mediocre production values. And a random bible verse poorly read between exercises. And referring to the butt as “the back pocket.”
I’m not kidding. They talked about lifting the “back pocket” up, toward the ceiling. Seriously? The back pocket?
I’m learning to take issues of body image and sexual purity seriously. But there comes a point with these things that we actually give them power by drawing attention to them.
His use of that goofy terminology certainly didn’t decrease the amount I thought about the human butt. Based on the fact that you’ve suffered through these several rambling paragraphs, the same goes for you.
There are more significant problems, though.
Are we so afraid of the people in the world we’re supposed to be testifying to that we can’t go exercise with them?
Is Christ’s power over our souls so weak that if they do things we’re uncomfortable with, we can’t handle it?
Is Christianity nothing more than a ghetto for people who can’t hack doing these things in the secular equivalents? If we’re doing this for God, shouldn’t everybody involved be better? That’s not what I saw. Every aspect of the thing was inferior to almost any secular exercise show you could name.
There are people starving– literally and spiritually. There is injustice in the world. Widows and orphans are going uncared for. Is “Christian Fitness” really where we should be making our stand?