Our modified Daniel diet

We read an article in Parade about Pastor Rick Warren’s proposal to his congregation at Saddleback megachurch in Lake Forest, California. He decided to go on the “Daniel diet” (vegetables and water–see the Bible, book of Daniel, chapter 1) and invited others who wanted to lose weight to join him. Half the congregation–11,000 people–took him up on it. Over the next year they collectively dropped 250,000 pounds!

I suggested to Jerry trying a modified version of the diet, not entirely vegetarian, so we can each lose 10 pounds–“including you!” I told Sudoku. We laughed at that thought. (Our cat weighs 10-1/2 pounds.)

Jerry said he would cut out sugar and fruit. He actually already has and I said that’s good because if we diet now we can pig out at Christmas. He said, “That’s the modified part.”

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3 Responses to Our modified Daniel diet

  1. Of course, Daniel and his friends were not trying to lose weight. They adhered to what they ate for spiritual reasons: to demonstrate to the pagans they were surrounded by that adhering to God’s dietary laws (now abrogated, by Jesus Himself) was their way of declaring their loyalty to the one true God and of not allowing themselves to be co-opted by the culture they now found themselves in. A point entirely overlooked by Warren, no doubt.

    If he and his congregation lost weight, that’s fine – but that’s not the purpose of Daniel 1.

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