The Gospel of [Insert Health Trend]

The thing about the health industry is that people get sucked in.  There is always a new diet plan to try or the latest and greatest exercise regimen that will guarantee health.  I have been sucked in before and it is so easy to jump on bandwagons that promise glowing and healthy bodies.  I am not saying that these things don’t work or that they aren’t scientifically valid or even that you shouldn’t give them a try.  There are a lot of good products out there–I often get excited about these things too. I am, however, asking you to take a closer look at your heart…not the health of your physical heart, but your emotional, spiritual heart.

I often find myself looking at social media and am drenched in daily personal testimonials of how a certain health product has changed someone’s life.  Recently I saw another health testimonial and I literally said out loud “Is this your Savior?”   Here’s the thing:  I am not immune from acting this way either.  For some reason, when it comes to health and wellness, we go fanatical!

I found the word “kailo” for this blog when looking deeper into what it means to be healthy.  Who knows how accurate I am because all I know is English (and honestly, I am waiting for someone to call me out on it), but what I found was that kailo was a Germanic root word meaning “to be whole, uninjured, and well.”  People will do all kinds of things to find this wholeness and, again, it is not bad to do so.  But are you acting and talking as if it was those things that saved you from utter despair and worthlessness?  I think we go fanatical because we have a deep desire to be whole, and we surely live in a broken world.

There are plenty of things I am not saying in this post, but what I am saying is this:  there is a way to heal your brokenness.  It is not in the form of a shake or a diet or an oil or a certain fitness routine or a new gym, it is in the form of Jesus.  He was broken when he died on the cross so that you don’t have to be.  Isaiah 53:5 says:

But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.

By the grace of God I have peace and am healed…I am whole–now THAT is good news!  Are you fanatical about things that promise health because you are broken and seeking to be whole?  Christians, are you speaking the ‘gospel’ of a certain product more than the true source of your spiritual wellness?  While the product may be something you “truly believe in”, we need to make sure we are not worshiping created things over the Creator.kailo2

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