If you live in America you have probably heard of the fiasco that was the Chicago Marathon. My wife and I had been training for months and went expecting to complete the race in 4hrs 30mins or so. We decided to slow it down a little because of the heat and when we arrived at the first water station we were somewhat surprised to find no water there.
We were redirected at about mile 17 and were not allowed to finish the race.
So why are we not as disappointed as we might have been? My wife and I trained for the race because of our theology. The theology was that our bodies are temples that the Holy Spirit dwells in. To keep things looking nice and well maintained we decided to run. I hate running and so we needed some regular kind of discipline to keep us on the tread-mill. Entering for half-marathons seemed to be the way to go. We completed the St. Louis, Madison, and Chicago half marathons and then decided that it was time to enter the St. Louis and Chicago Marathons. It seemed right. We thought that it would be good to achieve something that required that much self-control. We did the St Louis marathon in 4:30 and then we trained over the summer for the Chicago marathon.
The reason we are not disappointed is because of why we trained. Keeping fit and healthy is an act of worship for the rounded Christian. We kept fit and healthy.
I have heard that running marathons goes too far. That running marathons is detrimental to our health. What do you think? Should a church that is so anti-drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes be for regular exercise and workouts? Isn’t allowing the temple to get fat equivalent with filling it with smoke? What are the legalistic dangers of working out as an act of worship? What are the potential benefits?