17 Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.
18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:
19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)
20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:
21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.
This is an uncomfortable subject for many of us, but if you listen and take heed, this particular series can not only change your life spiritually, but it can save your life physically.
According to the Journal of Health Economics, “The annual cost of managing obesity in the United States alone amounts to approximately $190 billion per year, or 20.6% of national health expenditures.”
From this passage, we have talked about the “destructive” implications of obesity — both for the body and the soul. We have also talked about the dangers of making a god out of our bellies. The third aspect of this passage is Paul’s statement about people “who glory in their shame.” To glory in one’s shame means simply to take pride in that which someone should be ashamed of or embarrassed about. Many of us are ashamed of being overweight. And, that is good, because shame is a form of sorrow, and the Bible says “godly sorrow leadeth to repentance.” But, others are not ashamed of being gluttons. In fact we glory in it, and sometimes our culture feeds into it.
We have entire television networks dedicated to nothing but food, not to mention the numerous shows dedicated to cooking and food on other networks. A study found that over 400 hours of television airtime each week is dedicated to food and cooking. That’s 18 days’ worth of food television within a 7 day period. What’s more shocking is that all of this food-based television does not lead to more people cooking. Most viewers of these programs just sit there and watch. We have established from Scripture that gluttony is a sin. Have you ever considered that the Food Network is to the glutton what pornography is to the fornicator or the adulterer?
You haven’t? Well, sociologists have. They call it “food porn” and it is defined as follows: “the glamorized spectacular visual presentation of cooking or eating in advertisements, infomercials, blogs, cooking shows, or other visual media; foods boasting a high fat and calorie content; exotic dishes that arouse a desire to eat or the glorification of food as a substitute for sex.” This is what it means to glory in our shame. We take that which God has given us for sustenance and life and turn it into an idol. It is a form of worshipping the creation more than the Creator, and we must cease to be engaged in it.
The RAVE Diet is not about restricting food portions, but changing food choices and breaking through the vicious eating cycles that are making people sick and overweight. Many people will look at the RAVE Diet and make a snap judgment that it’s difficult to follow. It only seems that way. Some of our greatest skeptics decided to try it and found the diet not only easy to follow, but satisfying and delicious.
PRACTICAL STEP: No Refined Foods
“Unhealthy food is available everywhere all the time, like never before in history. Gas stations, drug stores, schools…” –Dr. Kelly D. Brownell, Yale University
“Hunters are using candy as bear bait. After gorging himself on candy, ‘One bear just started walking around in circles… Among the deleterious health effects: cavities, hair loss and lethargy.’ If it does that to a 500-pound bear, just imagine what it does to humans.” –Newsweek, November 3, 2003
Refined foods are plant foods that have been denatured and stripped of their fiber, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other nutrients. These foods are lifeless imitations of the vibrant products found in nature. They are devoid of any nutritional value and are usually transformed into dull, man-made foodstuffs that do not satisfy hunger, wreak havoc on your health and generally don’t require teeth to eat them. Sadly, about half of the total calories in a typical American diet come from refined foods.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.
He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.