Dating while overweight
I see it in the faces of guys I’m meeting for the first time after being matched on e Harmony, even though we’ve exchanged weeks of witty banter and embarrassing confessions.I hear it in the concerned tones of mentors and parents who repeat phrases such as, “You’ve got such a pretty face,” and “I know you want to be married someday. ” [How the search for a soulmate went from church potlucks to Tinder] Every ounce of my being cringes, because they’re probably right. I am talented and opinionated and passionate and valuable.
[Not what I expected from my interfaith marriage: One teen is Christian, the other Jewish] Often I think others identify me by three adjectives, and always in this order: fat, single, Christian.I’ve been told that my weight is a poor reflection of the stewardship God demands of me in all things, because, after all, we are “to offer our bodies as living sacrifices” (Romans 12:1).And, yes, I do believe people in the church feel more freedom to address these issues because we have a command, as Christians, to “love one another to good works” (Hebrews -25) and to bring forward any sin we may see.We, as believers, must show self-control in all things (2 Timothy 1:7).Gluttony, one of the seven deadly sins, is clearly rebuked in Scripture (Proverbs -21).