I ask for a little latitude here. In another thread there was a post that questioned whether fat people can be sanctified, and it was rightly deleted, but there is something here worth examining. Give me a minute to explain.
I am 5'10" and weigh 190 pounds. I could lose 15 pounds. I should lose 15 pounds. My brother is 5'8" and weighs 140 dripping wet in a 3 piece suit. We can go out to eat and my brother can eat a T-bone and not gain a pound. I eat a salad and gain 2. Here is the deal - I am adopted, and he isn't. We do not share DNA. He looks just like my dad, and I look like neither parent. My brother will never gain a pound, and I have to be careful. Very careful. Is it fair - no. Is it the reality - yes. Can both of us live a holy life - yes.
Now that creates some issues. In the past 5 years I have ridden my bike 1000 miles each year, I have run half-marathons, and my wife and I walk 3 miles at least 4 days a week. I also golf in the summer and walk 18 holes carrying my own clubs. I exercise more than most people, and if I had different DNA I would be thinner. Yet this is the DNA I live with.
Here is what I noticed. When it comes to weight so many of us want to quickly rise up in our own defense and proclaim how being heavy is not our fault. When it comes to homosexuality, we are much more quiet. It seems there is a direct parallel here. I do not share the DNA of my brother, and I can put on the pounds. Yet this does not excuse it, it just means I have a challenge that needs to be met with honesty, discipline and accountability. I must exercise more. I have to be more careful, and deny myself in ways others do not. I think allowing weight to impact my health is a spiritual issue, and so I am responsible for my behavior here. I cannot control my tendency to gain weight, but I can control how I act in response.
The EXACT same standard exists in every other area as well, whether the area is gossiping, being overly critical or homosexuality. I just hope we see the dichotomy that tends to exist among us. We so quickly excuse our own inherent tendencies, then we do not allow for the tendency of another. My call to the church is consistency. Someone talked about this once, and said something about a speck and a beam, but you are probably familiar with that story.