Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body. (1 Cor. 6:19–20). in synagogues, churches, temples, and mosques around the world, health and the body are rarely discussed. No rabbi, priest, minister, pastor, or imam encourages care of the body as well as the soul. Church and temple functions are centers of community activity, yet they provide an abundance of poor-quality, calorie-rich, starchy, sugary foods that help their members get to heaven early.
Here’s what you can do
- Encourage care of the body as well as the soul. Social change often begins in faith-based organizations but health is the most neglected of all human rights. The community, connections, and social networks that already exist within faith-based organizations can support health of the mind, spirit, and body.
- Add “body study” to Bible study groups. Incorporate “body” and soul into small support and study groups within faith-based communities. You can study a healthy lifestyle curriculum, like The Daniel Plan – a program I helped to create at Saddleback Church.
- Create a culture of wellness within faith-based organizations. Encourage healthy food at gatherings and events. Create fitness activities to do together. Again…follow some of the examples we used at Saddleback Church.