From Betsy Turner via Twitter, from Haddon Robinson’s Biblical Preaching, p. 206. Click on the image to enlarge.
Compulsive over-eating is not about self-control. It is about addiction, unmet need, grief, anger, internalized misogyny, repression, loneliness, sexual frustration… care to contribute to the list?
Being fat in the pulpit does not hinder communication. It communicates fat. It communicates a human body. It communicates something about who we are and how we live and what we struggle with. Some parishioners will see a human being in the pulpit, some will see a fat human being. Part of our job is to help those in our spiritual care to become more conscious of their attitudes toward human bodies of all kinds, including their own. Part of our job as preachers is to cultivate mercy, compassion and understanding between all God’s incarnate children and all of creation. To suggest that fat is a moral failure is a very old-school, limited and limiting, non-productive and psychologically and spiritually shallow teaching. His theology there is about an inch deep.
Time to update the preaching text.