Sunday, April 15, 2012

Qatar Named Fattest Nation On Earth

1 Timothy 6:10 came to mind when I first read this sad story.

Recipe for disaster: Wealthy Qataris do very little exercise, are waited on by armies of servants and have developed a love of fast food
The tiny,richest nation on earth, Qatar, has also been named the fattest nation on earth. In Qatar, half of all adults are obese. Killing themselves with worldly riches and luxuries,Qataris are developing diabetes a decade younger than average, which, in turn, is pushing up rates of illnesses like hypertension, partial paralysis, heart disease, and blindness.

Feed On Jesus: John 6:35, John 4:14

Qataris have developed a love of fast food with branches of KFC and McDonald's springing up in the many air conditioned malls. With nothing to do to pass the time away most just sit in air-conditioned offices and cars. Everything is done for them. The full story with pictures can be read at the Daily Mail, UK

The Bible warns us about gluttony. Esau was a glutton. He was too lazy to make his own meal but instead sold his own inheritance, or birthright to Jacob, for a mess of pottage. From Genesis 25:23-34

Esau, father of the Edomites, (Genesis 36:9)  was the eldest of twins born to the Biblical patriarch, Isaac. The younger twin was named Jacob, whose name was changed by God to Israel. (Genesis 35:10).  When Esau was faint with hunger upon return home from the field, he asked Jacob for some of the stew Jacob had prepared. Jacob offered to sell it for Esau's birthright as the elder brother. Esau basically said the birthright would not do him any good if he was dead of hunger. He " sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright."

With much of the world going to bed hungry, and starving, the prophet Isaiah 58:10-11 from the Hebrew Scriptures has given us the perfect cure for the disease of obesity and a host of other diseases packaged with it, and gluttony.

"And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noon day:

And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not."

"He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again. Proverbs 19:17

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