Bringing the Text to Life
There is a Kudzu cartoon that shows the preacher reading from the pulpit the Lord's Prayer: "Give us this day our daily .... low-fat, low-cholesterol, salt-free bread ..." The last frame has him saying to himself, "I hate these modern translations."
Despite such modern translations, despite new diet fads, exercise machines, doctors' warnings and our own resolve, every year we are getting fatter and fatter. The percentage of adults who qualify as "overweight" (20 pounds over the established guidelines) has been steadily climbing for the last several decades --and now weighs in at over 30 percent.
Even more revealing about our culture and lifestyles is the number of children under 12 who now qualify as overweight, or even obese. Doctors and sociologists blame junk food, the rise of "sedentary sports" (watching television, playing video games, sitting at the computer), and lack of both parental supervision and alternate example for this new generation of tubby toddlers and chubby...