Not too long ago, Prince Charles, while speaking in the UK, said that “banning McDonald’s is THE "key to a healthy lifestyle” in his nation. While I agree with the Morgan Spurlock’s of the world (see Supersize Me) and loathe the ridiculous “stuff” ol' Ronald tries to pass as food, I find this statement quite ridiculous.
It is indicative of culture today, isn't it? We like passing the buck, and blaming others. We do not like accepting blame and responsibility. Eliminating such foods from your diet will improve your health, but having the government ban it is not the key! The key to YOUR health is not up to someone else to pass legislation, it is UP TO YOU!! The key is YOU making a choice, and following through.We cannot rely on others to make us better, if we aren’t willing to make the changes on our own!
I think this same principle applies to our spiritual lives too.
How many times do we want others to heal our souls for us? So often we whine about our churches, ministries and classes. “I’m just not getting fed” is a term we often hear and say. I understand where this comes from, and at times there is SOME validity to this….but where does self responsibility come into play? Aren’t we old enough now to also feed ourselves? How many of us when complaining spent ANY time that week studying God’s word for ourselves or praying to him?? We cannot always rely on others to push us forward in faith. We too have work to do here. God says that there is a time to move away from the milk of babes and start eating meat of an adult!
I am not discounting the need for great preachers and teachers. I think they are vital parts of healthy spirituality. I just think that we can become TOO dependant on them to do all of our soul’s work for us. Just like the body, we too must exercise our faith!
Banning McDonalds is NOT going to save us, if we choose to eat garbage at home. And listening to a great speaker is not going to save us if we choose to continue to “eat garbage” at home. Take some time to get to know God yourself……it is vital to your health!