“Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things.”
Sounds a bit harsh. Ever since I came out on the other side of a life long struggle with my weight, God has impressed upon my heart a conviction. A conviction that I feel needs to be shared so that we as fellow sinners can stop making excuses for ourselves and work towards living a life that isn’t weighted down by this sin and the shame that goes along with it. I want to encourage you in your own journey, wherever you are along the road!
The question that I have found myself asking recently is, why aren’t we as a church addressing the sin of gluttony like we are adultery? As a body of Christ, it seems that we have brushed this sin underneath the rug and have adopted an attitude of complete dismissal about it. Why? As someone who has struggled with this sin all of her life, I look around and see so many people plagued by it! Albeit, being a glutton isn’t as obvious as being a heroin addict. We need food to survive as humans, where we don’t NEED heroin to survive. There’s a big difference. An addict going in a back ally to get drugs from a dealer is so much more blatant than a Mom running to Target with her children in the shopping cart to pick up a gallon of Ice Cream. You see? It’s not a sin to eat ice cream. The sin, like many others comes in to play when there is an excess of a good thing. Food is nourishment and it is amazing. Consuming it so much that it consumes you is not fun, not enjoyable, and the place at which it becomes harmful to you. This is a sin that can be so easily hushed and brushed under the rug. We accept it as being harmless while attacking the “bigger” and “more harmful” sins like alcoholism or adultery. The fact is that sin is sin and all sin is the same in the eyes of God.
“For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it. For he who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” If you do not commit adultery but do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law.”
Are we keeping our Temple Tidy?
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”
Besides gluttony becoming an idol, by filling God-sized emotional voids with food, the act of gluttony can take a huge tole on our health and the state of our Earthly temple, which is our bodies. Overeating can lead to life altering diseases like type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Both can cut short the life span of a person. God is a gracious God and does not want anything to consume us to that point. One of the things that really pushed me over the edge to start fighting against this sin was this jolting thought. The thought that Christ died for me. He died so that I might have life abundantly and that I would be able to live a life that glorified Him. Glorifying Him in EVERYTHING! I realized that I wasn’t glorifying Him by what I was consuming. I was trashing the temple that He had died for! I was abusing the vessel that would help me fulfill His purpose for me! How was I going to be able to fish for men and spread the Gospel if I died of a self-induced heart attack at the age of 24? The answer is, I wasn’t. That’s a hard thing to swallow! In that moment, I had to come to terms with the fact that I was being so selfish in my sin! I was putting my dependency on food in front of my respect for my Lord and Savior. I was betraying His trust by hurting my body willingly. It was time to turn things around and start putting God first!
It’s not about weight.
With all of that said, I need to say this. My husband and I have conversations about this and one of the things we absolutely agree on is that this isn’t a weight issue at the core!
Just as crime is not a “skin issue” and is a “sin issue” this is also not a weight issue but a void issue. What do we choose over God to fill the void only He can?
I knew going into this that this was not going to be an easy subject to write about. I’ve been through struggles with it. My husband has been through struggles with it. I know that this is a very touchy subject and that some people might get offended. Heck, I have been offended by these verses before! Let me say that this HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH WEIGHT. Weight isn’t always an indicator for gluttony as a sin. It can be, but definitely isn’t. You can be unhealthy at ANY WEIGHT. Gluttony, like any sin, is an issue of the heart. It’s this dependency on food to make you feel better. It’s turning to Pancakes when you are depressed. It’s only thinking about your next meal 24/7. Gluttony is putting flesh before God. It’s that simple. At some point in our lives we all struggle with the battle of flesh vs. spirit. The great thing is that God has already won the battle! All we have to do is recognize that we are sinning and ask God to forgive us and run towards a life that puts God first! Gluttony is a hard sin to battle, but together, as a body of Christ, we can overcome because the Lord already has the victory!
As I continue to write I will continue to be sharing tips on what’s help me most to overcome this battle, what’s helping me still and how I maintain my health!
We hope you will be encouraged, convicted, uplifted and heard!!!
June 6, 2018