A Texas congregation is partnering with a gym to host crossfit workout challenges in an effort to boost membership and have participants glorify God through physical fitness.
Clear Creek Community Church in League City, Texas, and Crossfit Friendswood both believe in the importance of maintaining a spiritual and physical balance through Christian-inspired exercises.
“We gotta work out our faith. So when we work out our bodies, there’s a correlation there,” said Mark Carden, executive pastor of Clear Creek Community Church, reports KVUE-TV. “Without that encouragement, we fail.”
Ah; no. Two different things, those. Bit of a stretch, there (no pun intended; well maybe a little. 😉 ).
The gym itself even promotes the link between being active and godly with a visual reminder posted on the wall that reads, “Glorify God in your body,” displayed in the front and center of the facility.
Gym owner Heather Prenatt, says her gym members simply want to feel accepted and her facility is the place where they fill that longing.
“…They come here looking to get healthy and I think they find so much more,” said Prenatt, according to KVUE-TV. “We have a resurrection WOD (workout of the day) where they’re literally carrying the barbell, symbolizing the cross and suffering.”
What the hell? It does no such thing; it’s a piece of workout equipment; not a method of torture and execution!
“In Crossfit you’re all doing the same thing, it’s constantly changing, you have a sense of community and a sense of I’m doing the same thing that somebody next to me is doing…when I work out and wiping sweat it’s like you know what, God’s got me, God’s got me,” said Cornell King, Crossfit Friendswood trainer.
God is your spotter?