My heart is heavy. A fellow mom shared her heart today. I rejoiced as she was honest and transparent about her weakness for food control. I said a silent prayer that no one would take the opportunity to use that against her. You see, in the world of mommy blogs, if you say the wrong thing it can go viral. And viral means you will be tried, judged and hung before you even get the opportunity to reply. It’s a sad thing to watch.
So imagine my surprise (or lack thereof) that she received negative feedback. Her sin? Revealing her family quit the popular fad diet, Trim Healthy Mama (THM). I have no problem with THM as a food philosophy. We have been praying about trying it with our family. I have dear friends who have improved their health with this “program”. I have seen the benefits of the program and cannot argue against it.
When I began to read the comments (WHY do I do this to myself?) my soul began to grieve. I saw a spirit begin to rise from among some of the ardent supporters of THM. I had seen the same spirit visiting THM’s forum. This time I was able to recognize it. A scripture came to mind.
1 Corinthians 10:14 – Therefore, my dear friends, run from idolatry!
Idolatry. The word itself strikes at the heart of a believer. “Thou shalt have no other God’s beside me.” rings loud in our ears. Stories of Israel turning to idolatry in the Old Testament remind us to not embrace the “Gods of the Heathens.” True, we don’t have idols of brass or stone like in the ancient times. But our idols are just as big. In this case, our idol cost $39.95.
I’m not saying that following THM is idolatry. I’m merely stating, that for some, this has become a God. A way of life. An idol.
Therefore, tell them that Adonai Elohim says, ‘You eat [flesh] with the blood, you raise your eyes to your idols, and you shed blood — and you still expect to possess the land? – Ezekiel 33:25
You may not be shedding actual blood. But with your words, you are shedding the blood of a sister’s soul. Over a book. A book about food. Is this really what God’s family should be doing?
Consider. When someone doesn’t embrace our idea or passion how do we respond? Do we wish them well? Or do we blast them? With words of discord, anger, untruth? If our response is to mistreat another person, then the idea or passion has become an idol.
My husband relayed to me a prayer he had made. “God, what are my idols?” The response was not what we thought. The response was, “Your thoughts. Your ideas. Your words. Your identity.” Subtle. As the serpent in the garden. Whispering.
I pray for my sisters today. That we may grow in the grace of God. To become our sister’s keeper. Always loving. Always supporting.
God, may you show your children the root of idolatry in our hearts. May we turn away from our own wickedness. May we see the beam in our eyes so we may help our sister with the speck bothering her. May we turn away from our foolishness and embrace the wisdom of your word. Thank you Father for hearing us.