One of my new favorite online voices, Paul Maxwell, grabbed my attention last fall with a post about male body image. Actually, Paul referred to it as an “Epidemic of Male Body Hatred.” We usually think about this with women, but guys are probably just as bad. We just tend less to eating disorders in response.
At the heart of this piece, he seems to ask, “Who are you trying to impress?” He goes on to run through five different potential answers–ourselves, women, peers, fathers, God–and explains the folly of that self-loathing. Instead, he argues, we can find all of our answers through the unconditional love of Jesus.
Maxwell does not speak against your efforts to lose weight or lift it:
You dont have to stop lifting or dieting or supplementing. And maybe you should start dieting and exercising. This isnt a rebuke in either direction. Its an invitation to perspective and intimacy with ourselves, the opposite sex, the same sex, authorities, and God. Love is better than protein (Proverbs 15:17). In his abundant love, God delights in everything about you, including your body.
Instead, he calls Christians to keep that weighty action in perspective.