Gluttony, the "O.K." Sin

(Please do not blame any of the following opinions on where I work, the church I attend or anyone else, these are MY opinions, not theirs..)

Last night Dean and I watched the movie, Super Size Me. It was released in 2003, so I know I'm way behind the time when this movie was a hot topic, but it was still a great watch. It was very eye opening and made me think a lot. It is not a Christian movie for sure, but I would still highly recommend that people watch it. (caution, it does have a few bad words and there is a picture of naked breast on a dining room wall that you see in the background of one scene and you see a man's butt, So, viewer discretion is advised.)

Here is a clip of one of my favorite parts of the movie, start watching at 6:33 (unless you want to hear the F word, which the guy says at about 6:30) and listen to what this guy says.

The analogy this guy draws between smoking and obesity is dead on the money what we do in most American churches. We embrace the obese preachers telling us not to smoke because it's a horrible addiction and even worse for church people, smoking is associated with sinful living (bars, redneckness, stinky breath, leather skin, you know, all the true signs of sinfulness :-) the obese preacher gets to tell us not to smoke and we say "Amen, that's right".

This is very similar to how the church treats alcohol, we give an ignoring-pass to gluttony and make drinking, even in moderation, a forbidden sin, even though scripture is clear that only drunkenness is actually a sin....just like gluttony is..but that's ok.

Proverbs 23:20-21 “Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat, for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags.” 

Proverbs 28:7 “He who keeps the law is a discerning son, but a companion of gluttons disgraces his father.” 

Proverbs 23:2 proclaims, “Put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony.”

To be clear as the gulf of Mexico (that's a joke :-), I am not advocating smoking or drinking, I do believe smoking is a horrid addiction because it is just that, a life controlling substance that I know first hand eventually becomes the first love of whoever continues to smoke. AND cigarettes really do harm our bodies greatly. And with drinking, I know there are people who became addicted to alcohol,  I also know this first hand from family members who were alcoholics. Drinking and eating both require self control, a fruit of the spirit, (Galatians 5:22-23) my point is the word "BOTH" and yes, I know that some people can't drink at all due to past addiction to it. I also know that some churches teach abstaining from alcohol but they don't say it's necessarily a sin, they just feel it's a gray area best avoided. I get that.

My question to you is this, If we can tell people that Jesus is bigger then a smoking addiction and alcoholism, why can't we say and believe the same with gluttony? With OUR gluttony? I can honestly say that I have never even heard a sermon on gluttony. BUT I am glad to say that I do know of a few brave Christians who are trying to help people over come their addiction to food. My friend Summer is one of them, she leads a life group at HPC for women who have food addictions (she has lost 90 lbs). She is also about to publish her book on the subject an I am believing that her book will help thousands if not millions of people who need to face this issue for what it really is, an addiction.  I am also believing that it will wake the church up to our responsibility in recognizing and addressing this sin among us. This sin that is killing us.

So what do you think?


Galen said…
I totally agree, Carole. Besides the ludicrous portion sizes, the American food supply, laden with saturated fats, sodium, hormones, and chemical preservatives, adds to the problem. As a nation, we've gotten away from from what the purpose of food is--sustenance. It has become a hobby, an indulgence, a supposed stress reliever, and like everything else that is not done in moderation, it is a problem. You're right. It is the same as any other addiction, and it is just as deadly.

I hope Pastor C isn't reading. He is huuuge.
Natalie said…
Over indulging comes in hundreds of forms and it all CAN be overcome with Christ. The question I want to ask is, "why not"?

The problem lies within ourselves.

If we really think that all those other "things" we view as sin is not as important as our "overindulgence" then we are in a trap of lies.

The question I think we always have to be asking ourselves is, "is this beneficial for my life? And is this being put before my God"?

We all need outlets. Unfortunately many of them become our god before too long if left to our own discretion.

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