Is an Eating Disorder Considered a Sin? Mark Driscoll Answers

(PHOTO: SCREENCAPTURE/MARK DRISCOLL MINISTRIES/MARK DRISCOLL) Trinity Church Pastor Mark Driscoll answers a question submitted by a viewer of his video newsletter, Phoenix, Arizona, May 16, 2016.
(PHOTO: SCREENCAPTURE/MARK DRISCOLL MINISTRIES/MARK DRISCOLL)
Trinity Church Pastor Mark Driscoll answers a question submitted by a viewer of his video newsletter, Phoenix, Arizona, May 16, 2016.

Is an eating disorder considered a sin? Arizona-based Trinity Church Pastor Mark Driscoll answers, including a response that Satan’s oppression and idolatry can sometimes be culprits.

In a video message posted to his website Monday in response to a female viewer’s question about whether anorexia nervosa is sinful, Pastor Mark Driscoll opened up a larger discussion about the societal pressures on physical appearance many women and men face. Those pressures are often exacerbated by celebrity and social media. Driscoll offered suggestions on how to combat the viewer’s challenge.

According to WomensHealth.gov, per the National Eating Disorders Association, the average American woman is 5’4” and weighs 140 lbs., while the average American model is 5’11” and weighs 117 pounds. “All too often, society associates being ‘thin’ with ‘hard-working, beautiful, strong and self-disciplined,'” the report said. In contrast, being “fat” is associated with being “lazy, ugly, weak and lacking will-power.”

Rather than trying to provide a cut and dried answer to the viewer’s inquiry about anorexia, since he did not know sufficient details about her personal and spiritual life, Driscoll offered a list of nine categories of behavior in which to contemplate critical questions that can be applied to life issues like hers.

“Whatever your besetting, struggling, tempting, troubling issue of life might be, these are the questions that I would ask,” he said, adding that his corresponding categories resulted from his experience in a “really difficult season” of his own life.

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Kevin Porter