Food for (Anti-)
Idol Thought

This week’s eNewsletter feature
was written by Jim Teague,
FPCE communications coordinator.

Greetings!

I have never really thought of myself as an idol worshipper. But I am one.

Just to be clear, I don’t have any graven images* that I am aware of, and I haven’t asked any friends or family members to make one for me. You won’t find me bowing before a gold-plated ox, ram, or calf.

But I am an idol worshipper. And not just one idol, either.

Those who have met me know that I am not what you would call “tiny.” I could tell you that I have always struggled with my weight, and that would be true. But what I really struggle with is the idolatry of personal comfort. Food makes me feel good and I like to feel good. More accurately, I go to food to feel good and to cover over feeling bad. The list of things I feel bad about is a long and, frankly, tedious one. We don’t have enough time or space for me to go into all of the things I turn away from by turning to food.