Can Unhealthy Eating Affect Your Spiritual Life or Ministry?
There is a direct relationship between physical health and spiritual health, says Pastor Shane Idleman of Westside Christian Fellowship church in Leona Valley, California.
In a video shared on Vimeo on Monday, Idleman admitted to unhealthy habits that make him less effective in ministry. "This affects everything I do," he said. "When I don't take care of this, I don't want to go to the hospital homes. I don't want to preach. I don't want to witness. My attitude stinks. I'm moody, I'm disgruntled, and I'm angry. Think this in an [unimportant] topic and it doesn't affect you? Well it does affect you ... These things affect us in a very negative way."
The Westside pastor noted that people who are unhealthy choose not to take care of their bodies.
And when it comes to eating healthy, he isn't preaching to the choir. "The irony in this whole sermon is people, their misconceptions about me [are] laughable ... It's an area (health and weight) I struggle with ... I'm not here to beat anybody up. I want to encourage people, because I see a very close parallel with our physical health and our spiritual health."