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?