Crazy4Fiction Sneak Peak: Francine Rivers on False Idols

October 14, 2014


Morning, fiction readers! In our daily lives, we all have struggles. Today on the blog, christian fiction author Francine Rivers shares with us some of her struggles and how God can help keep us centered on what’s important. Scroll down below to see sneak peek photos from Francine’s current trip to South Africa and find out how you can win her latest release, Bridge to Haven.

“They (the people) replied, ‘You must show us a miraculous sign if you want us to believe in you. What will you do for us? After all, our ancestors ate manna while they journeyed through the wilderness! As the Scriptures say, “Moses gave them bread from heaven to eat.” Jesus said, ‘I assure you, Moses didn’t give them bread from heaven. My Father did. And now He offers you the true bread from heaven. The true bread of God is the one who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.’ ‘Sir,’ they said, ‘give us that bread every day of our lives.’ Jesus replied, ‘I am the Bread of Heaven. No one who comes to me will ever be hungry again. Those who believe in Me will never thirst . . .’” (John 6:30-35).

American Idols

One idol that periodically troubles me is food. Or maybe it’s weight. My mother got on the scale every day of her life and adjusted what she ate according to the numbers. It sounds obsessive, but she was health conscious because she had been very ill with tuberculosis in her twenties. I saw a picture of her in a bathing suit and said, “Wow, Mom. You were so slim.” Her response:  “I wasn’t slim. I was sick and skinny.” She wanted to maintain a healthy weight.

What is a healthy weight? The new fad is for a woman to have gaps between her thighs. Really? All through grade school and high school, I didn’t want gaps. I wanted my thighs to meet and be toned and tanned. I’m laughing as I write this. I finally got the meeting part. Forget toned and tanned. And now that I’m in my late sixties, I don’t give a hoot. Well, I do, but I’m not willing to diet and exercise or lie in the sunshine all slathered with oil. It’s hot out there! I want shade or air-conditioning. And who cares anyway? My legs still get me from point A to point B. That’s good news.

Idols have a tendency to destroy. I think of the young and old women suffering with bulimia and anorexia and now, the newly added diagnosis of orthorexia. What’s that? “Ortho” is the Greek word for “straight, correct, or true.” Those suffering with this eating disorder reject everything that is “impure,” cutting out all sugar, processed foods, or anything that hints of unwholesomeness. The disorder is sometimes called the “Whole Foods Syndrome.” One man, a vegan, said in a newspaper interview that he wouldn’t eat anything that might have lost its “life force” by being separated too long from its source (i.e. vine, plant, tree). This is taking vegan to another level, a dangerous one that nearly took his life.

God made food to nourish our bodies. Food is one of the many blessings He gave us to enjoy. How easily the mind can turn something wonderful into something that we put on an altar.

I’ve tried just about every diet that any women’s magazine has touted over the years. I realize that for me the word diet is problematic. Mention the word diet and I get hungry! Food becomes my focus. I would think about when and what I could eat. I would grieve over what I had to give up. (Chocolate and barbecue kettle chips.) I would count calories and measure portion sizes. I would get on the scale each morning and check my weight to see if whatever diet-of-choice was working . . .

I don’t diet anymore. I learned that all too often the hunger I’m feeling has nothing to do with what I need to put in my stomach and everything to do with what I need to fill my mind and heart. Sometimes food is just a way to stuff the real issues down deep or deny them altogether. Sometimes the craving has nothing at all to do with food and everything to do with yearning for God to satisfy the hunger for a deep, abiding, indwelling relationship with our Creator, our Father, the Lover of our Soul.

Food is needful and wonderful, but don’t make it an idol.

This October, Francine Rivers is visiting South Africa and would love to meet YOU.  Click here for full details on her public appearances and book signings.

Below is a sneak peek at her trip thus far.

Francine Signing S Africa
She had a book signing and listened to a presentation from the staff at Christian Art that celebrated over 1 million copies of her books sold in English and Afrikaans in South Africa.
S African Signing
Francine entered the warehouse at Christian Arts to the singing and rejoicing of an African choir of employees.
Washing S Africa
There was a wonderful traditional African dinner to close out our evening. The waitress sang a blessing to us in Swahili as we washed.

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