By KEITH WOMMACK — Chuck Norris pummels his enemies and opponents. When it comes to martial arts and his acting roles in television and films (Walker, Texas Ranger/Delta Force), Norris knows how to take care of business.
You may have seen him act and, perhaps, talk about exercise (Total Gym), but did you know that Norris also speaks about spirituality walloping pain and disease?
In a recent syndicated column, Norris answered the question: “Last week, you cited a Stanford University Professor (Tanya Marie Luhrmann), who proposed that going to church was good for one’s health. You never mentioned why. So, why?”
Norris’ reply shows he’s convinced that spirituality packs a punch. He wrote, “Dr. Luhrmann …explained in The New York Times: ‘Religious attendance … boosts the immune system and decreases blood pressure. It may add as much as two to three years to your life. … Increasingly, … studies bear out this observation that the capacity to imagine a loving God vividly leads to better health.”
Asking and answering the question, “Does spirituality and church produce healthier people or do healthy people merely attend church?” Norris shared that a study by Dr. William Strawbridge “proved for the first time that churches, synagogues, mosques or Buddhist monasteries helped create good health behavior, rather than simply attracting people who already took better care of themselves.”
Norris may be the picture of material strength and power but from what I can tell, he recognizes the importance of identifying with his spiritual nature to achieve ultimate health and longevity.
What makes church so medicinal is that it’s not really a building made of walls, windows, and doors. Church is a manifestation of the love that is alive in the hearts of those who care for their neighbors. Church is helpful because each member’s love is an individual expression of the divine Love.
Again, church cannot be confined to a building. This spiritual sense of “church,” along with its beneficial influence, blesses you no matter where you are or what you are doing. However, a healing church must be comprised of people who love enough to make God’s government and His love available to those who need them the most.
Like Chuck Norris, you can flex your spiritual muscles. As you pray and support a church for the benefit of others, you’ll be taking care of business, for spirituality packs a powerful punch.
– Keith Wommack is a Syndicated Columnist, Christian Science practitioner and teacher, husband, and step-dad. He has been described as a spiritual spur (since every horse needs a little nudge now and then). Keith’s columns originate at: KeithWommack.com