This morning I woke up from a long dream. I dreamt I was foster parenting a young man who was the son of someone I knew in my youth. I knew his father went to prison and later died. I knew his father was something of a loner and was not considered successful. But his father was always kind to me.
In parenting this young man, I found myself biased against him because of the sins of his father. The entire dream I was battling my own biases, biases against someone who had no choice to his parenting, no choice to his biological makeup.
For God does not show favoritism. – Romans 2:11 NIV
I woke up with a true disgust for myself and my own bigotry.
Bias is a universal condition. We all have it. It’s what we do with that bias that matters. We have to overcome the labels that have been placed on others and see them as equals.
Part of the battle in overcoming morbid obesity is overcoming the labels placed on us, often by ourselves.
We must lay down the banner that says we are destined to be obese and unhealthy.
This is not a biological imperative, though many of us do have biological factors that cause obesity.
We were created equal.
We have just as much right to be thin as the next person.
It’s time to pick up a new banner, a banner of health, a banner of love, for others as well as ourselves.
For, in truth, we are all His favorites.