One of my love languages is having brutally honest conversations. I adore earthy, earnest devotees to the naked truth. Some might even accuse me of being a verbal nudist. I just can’t help myself. I love the freedom of being known fully and knowing others in all of their naked glory… verbally speaking. There’s just something about connecting with another human being through a deep conversation. However, in the realm of physicality, I am the opposite of an exhibitionist. Even when I go swimming, I rarely take my shirt off. And in the realm of physical connection, I am still a virgin. That’s a whole other story for another day, but what I’m trying to say is… I think it’s time that we had a genuine talk about the bare naked truth, and I would prefer that you left your clothes on.
Truth is offensive. And in our progressively biblically illiterate churches, we have forgotten that Jesus made it a regular practice of offending people. Some will rebuttal with, “But you’re not Jesus.” You are so right. So, let’s peruse the Scriptures for a few prophets who we might emulate. How about John the Baptist who called a crowd of insincere baptism candidates “a brood of vipers”? If you remember correctly, John was also beheaded shortly after he called out Herod’s sexual improprieties. Herod was an incestuous degenerate who was sleeping with his brother’s wife and who also had a thing for his niece. John simply stated the obvious and lost his head for it. Or how about Amos who in the defense of the poor called the wealthy aristocratic women of his day “fat cows”? Yeah… try preaching that sermon. The truth is that most people don’t like hearing the truth because it either exposes their needs or it exposes their deeds, and some people will straight up kill you if you shine a light on their dark back alley. Truth is offensive… but only to those who fear it.
In our modern society marked by hypersensitive sensibilities, it requires an about-face to even have an honest conversation. The sad truth is that it has become the norm for everyone to overreact about everything. Just take a gander at any social media platform. People have lost their minds. And as a purveyor of candid sentiment, let me stand smack dab in the middle of the war of words and just remind each of you that I am destined to offend you, but that offense might just save your life.
Now that I have your attention, let’s get down to the nitty gritty… about obesity. In my lifetime, I have endured a plethora of brash and demeaning commentaries on my portly state. I understand what it feels like to be mocked and dehumanized because of my weight gain. So, if I use goading language in regard to the issue of obesity, it is meant only as a kindness. Being prodded in our areas of weakness often grants us the inspiration and impetus we have secretly pined for. Fellow sojourners, if you will withhold your angry stones, I promise to lead you beyond the Valley of Fatal Fat, into leaner pastures.
All that being said, there is a divine irony to all of this. Obese bodies, like our modern societies, tend to overreact to stress like drama mamas. As a result, our bodies are flooded with cortisol, which signals fat to form not only around our bellies but around our internal organs as well. Our bodies believe they are protecting our vital organs with this visceral fat but are actually paving the way to an early grave. The good news is that there is a simple and cost-free way to reverse this by grounding yourself electrically to the Earth. The science around this is still growing, but the basic gist is that if you take off your shoes and walk barefoot on the ground, your body absorbs electrons from the Earth, promoting lower cortisol levels, reduced inflammation, and even weight loss. My own experiments in grounding confirm these incredible findings. So, kick off your shoes, and ground yourself in this truth…even if it offends you.
PAUL MICHAEL JONES is an artist who currently dabbles in music, photography and creative writing.