On God and Eating Habits

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Since he founded the Church Health Center in 1987 to provide medical care to the working poor, Dr. Scott Morris has emphasized the importance of a healthy eating habits. Now he extends that advice to the United Methodist clergy (of which he is a member), who are 20 percent heavier than the general population. “The church ought to lead the way, not bring up the rear,” he said. “If the church has to serve fried chicken in order to draw a crowd, then there is something wrong with the message.

Morris also elaborated on a Time magazine blog titled “God Does Not Want You To Be Sick,” in which the writer described Morris’ work with patients who believe that sickness is a part of God’s will. The writer calls it fatalism, and it’s a viewpoint Morris battles every day. “God wants us to be healthy and live long and vital lives,” says Morris. Otherwise, he adds, why would Jesus have spent so much of his time healing? For more go here.

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