I’m a Recovering Glutton
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Last Sunday, Pastor Chad had an interesting quote toward the end of his sermon. He said, “The next time you go to write about someone’s problems online, write about your own; it’ll be a greater testimony anyway.” So, with that in mind, I figured I’d share my problem. I’m a glutton.
I find it hypocritical when we bash murderers, rapists, drug addicts – even liars – but never talk about how gluttony is ruining the lives of so many people. Since it happens to be my problem, I think it’s appropriate to speak out about it. People wonder if the Bible talks about gluttony, and it does. In the Old Testament, gluttony is mostly contained in the Proverbs, as in, “drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags.” (Proverbs 23) But, when you fastforward to the New Testament, you will mostly read lists that talk about self-control. Take, for instance, 2 Peter 1:5-7. We are encouraged to grow our faith with such elements as virtue, knowledge, self-control, steadfastness, godliness, brotherly affection, and love. So, when we think about the way in which we live our lives, we are told that self-control should be a primary part of our spiritual development.
Now, I’m a recovering glutton, which means that one sniff of cheddar cheese nachos, one pass by a BBQ joint, or even one look at a bag of Doritos and my heart starts racing. I get excited and then remember that I no longer have to be possessed by a problem that hurt me for quite some time. Am I perfect? Absolutely not! During certain holidays, it is extremely difficult to not fly off the band wagon. However, I have been encouraged to think about gluttony in a new light. People who indulge in overeating are people who are not exercising self-control. In fact, they will probably spend more time acting out in laziness and not being productive for the kingdom of God.
Rather than focusing on these negative aspects of the issue, I’d rather encourage people to think about their witness for Jesus Christ in this world. When people see you, do they see someone who is lazy, without self-control, who cannot seem to practice what they preach? Or, do they see someone who is loving, compassionate, full of the Spirit, who knows what it means to live life in moderation and bless those who are less fortunate? On the one hand, I see people playing right into the hand of our critics who say, “Those Christians aren’t any better than the rest of us.” On the other hand, I see an opportunity to show the world that we are actively striving to work out our faith under the guidance of God’s Spirit.
So I encourage you to think through your daily diet. Maybe you have struggled like I have. Maybe you just think it’s not a problem. But, maybe you have an opportunity to show Christ to those closest to you. How will your eating habits affect that testimony?