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The pastor of our church is a cycling enthusiast. He keeps himself fit, and watches his sugar intake. Beyond that I don’t think he is a fanatic about nutritional things, and I don’t sense he is aware of the Blood Type Diet. However he made a point in his sermon Sunday that was very applicable to the BTD.
He has been preaching a series on the 10 commandments. This week was on the 6th commandment – Thou shalt not kill – or more literally translated – you shall not murder. He started off by saying that he wasn’t going to limit his sermon to homicide, because as far as he knew no one in our church had committed that crime. He said he wanted to get us thinking about other ways that we may take a life.
It wasn’t the liberal cliché type of things like capital punishment and self defense. Those are clearly allowed in the Bible.
He said that emotional sins like anger and bitterness, which shorten our lives, violate the 6th commandment. Ouch! A guy cut me off in traffic today and my temper flared. I would never have thought of that as a violation of the 10 commandments, but I see his point. Stress and lack of sleep also contribute to disease which take many lives prematurely.
I would have expected him to mention smoking and drinking – after all this is a Baptist church. But he barely mentioned those two habits. Instead he focused on gluttony, which, he said, progressively kills us.
So to the degree that I know what food is good for me, but I willfully choose to eat junk, I am slowly killing myself. If my lack of will lets me drift with the flow of popular, but nutritionally worthless foods, I am guilty of my own murder.
Sometimes the BTD becomes about ME – my health, my energy level, my quality of life. But it’s really much more than that. God made me for a purpose. I need to take care of the body He gave me, so I can serve Him effectively.
One of the men Jack (name changed) is older and has been struggling with some health issues. I know that he is in my class for a reason and it is not about me.
I absolutely loved your input about your preachers sermon, I really never thought about the 6th commandment in that kind of light before, really makes one stop and think about what we put ourselves through needlessly at times without thinking about it(stress, anger,overeating and eating the wrong foods,ie: those with the chemicals,additives,preservatives,etc,etc. that we put in our mouths.) We need to be more aware of our diets and take better care of our health else we fall into the trap of sickness and ill health. If we all would heed the advice of the pastor, we would definitely be better off physically and spiritually. Since our bodies are the temple of the divine, shouldn't we be more respectful of what God has given to us and treat it thus so?
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