In an effort to fight obesity and advocate for a healthier New York, the city’s Department of Health recently adopted a campaign against sugary drinks, including soda, sports drinks and juices. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg agreed with the plan. His vision for a healthier New York is evidenced in his changes for the better, e.g., banning the use of trans fats, requiring fast food chains to disclose the number of calories in every menu item, and urging diners to use less salt in their food. Now, he’s on the crusade against sugary drinks. According to the New York Times, however, Mr. Bloomberg might be an advocate only in theory. Along with admitting many other unhealthy eating habits, he confessed, “I like a Big Mac like everybody else.” Perhaps, he isn’t practicing what he preaches? [New York Times, Mayor Doesn’t Always Live by His Health Rules]
Whether you politically support Michael Bloomberg or not, this article forces a reality check. In Matthew 23, Jesus warns us of hypocrisy, i.e., against living a life where our words and deeds are divorced. In James 2:14 the question is raised, “what good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds?”
Doesn’t this hurt the validity of Mayor Bloomberg’s argument if his actions aren’t matching up with what he’s asking the people of our city to do?
What about you? Is your witness for Christ a counterargument for your own actions? Are you practicing what you preach or claiming to live a life of faith without the heart and deeds that follow?