What about Gluttony?

16 May

I found the post I was looking for last night . . .

Kevin DeYoung does a good job here dealing with comparisons between homosexuality and gluttony as sins. This post leaves out the issue of alcohol consumption, except where it figures into the definition of gluttony.

What I see in this post is that gluttony is more an attitude than a size or a weight on the scale.

If I am preoccupied with food/alcohol 24/7, I may be a glutton, even if I am a size 0.

In that way, I could be a glutton since I track everything that goes into my mouth via my online Weight Watchers tracker, and always will for the rest of my life.

I like to think that taking a small bit of time for that action frees me up to have a lot of time and energy for service to the Lord, but I can see how it could easily get out of balance and be all about my tracker and the food I can or cannot eat. I could easily make having a thin body an idol in my life.

On the other hand, those who have genuine metabolic issues might eat very little and still face a high number on the scale. They might not be preoccupied with food/alcohol at all.

Maybe those are the people for whom the now nearly universal bariatric surgery was designed. Most insurance companies cover it for people who are merely 50 pounds overweight now, it seems. Maybe it is now better to get the surgery while young rather than face the inevitable hip and knee surgeries later on in life, along with all the other health challenges a lifetime of being overweight will bring.

What do you think? With today’s knowledge of weight control and nutrition, and with today’s surgeries to enable people to lose weight when other methods fail, how does the Christian strive to bring his body under subjection, while not getting so preoccupied with having a thin body that he becomes idolatrous?

If we know medically that being overweight is not healthy for us, should we take steps to change that, either via diet and exercise if we can, or via surgery if we can’t lose weight in traditional ways?

Or is the issue not an important one in treating our body as the temple of God and maintaining integrity in our testimony among men?


3 Responses to “What about Gluttony?”

  1. mrshate May 17, 2014 at 7:48 AM #

    As I age, I realize how important it is, if you’ve been blessed with healthy organs, disease-free…in general, what we call “good health”…,to be thankful for this gift. And it goes beyond being thankful in just a knee-jerk way, and I’m certainly NOT saying that if you have physical illness God can’t use you or God is punishing you or anything like that.

    What I AM saying is that, yes, our bodies are temples of God, and the more we take care of our bodies (mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually), the more energy we have to be a light shining and working for Him in every sort of daily-life way.

    And, as always, all things in moderation. It’s as easy to get too caught up in exercising or obsessing over every mouthful as it is anything else. I speak as one easily addicted to all sorts of things…exercising, organizing, blogging, projects, etc 🙂 🙂

    • Mary Gardner Martin May 17, 2014 at 8:36 AM #


    • Scotty Searan June 27, 2014 at 4:09 AM #

      People talk about defiling the body is defiling the temple of God. Here is what Jesus said in Mark chapter 7.
      14 And when he had called all the people unto him, he said unto them, Hearken unto me every one of you, and understand:

      15 There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man.

      16 If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.

      17 And when he was entered into the house from the people, his disciples asked him concerning the parable.

      18 And he saith unto them, Are ye so without understanding also? Do ye not perceive, that whatsoever thing from without entereth into the man, it cannot defile him;

      19 Because it entereth not into his heart, but into the belly, and goeth out into the draught, purging all meats?

      20 And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man.

      21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,

      22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:

      23 All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.

      In these last days I feel that this scripture is being fulfilled in our churches.
      Romans Chapter 1
      25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

      There is more emphasis being placed on the external than the internal “Worshiping the creature more than the Creator.”

      If the professing Christians who are spending time in the gyms, running and so forth would put that time into godliness it would be much more profitable. The money and time we put into jewelry and cosmetics and face lifts and tummy tucks put it into godliness it would be much more profitable.

      In closing here’s some scriptures from 1 Timothy chapter 4 we should think about.

      6 If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained.

      7 But refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness.

      8 For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.

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