Gluttony: America’s Unrecognized Sin

Obesity in America continues to sky-rocket at what seems to be uncontrollable rates. With heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes as dominant illnesses in the American culture, shouldn’t we be concerned about the root of this issue and ultimately about solving this epidemic?

Without fail a new article is written and published weekly about American’s waistline, poor health and the astronomical amounts of money being spent and wasted on food as a result of obesity.

What’s even more surprising is that the church fails to recognize America’s obesity and poor health epidemic. As a result many believers are completely unaware of the reality that they are falling into sin through the form of gluttony.

Christians are quick to confront sexual sins, lying and idol worship but totally fail to acknowledge the sin of gluttony, and above all we fail to recognize the deeper issue behind an inability to control our appetites.

The root sin of gluttony is our lack of self-control and idol worship. If we cannot control what goes into our mouth, how are we supposed to control our spending, language and actions in general?

Gluttony is sin. Gluttony is our failure to take care of the bodies that God has given us. Gluttony is food worship and table idolatry.

Above all, gluttony is satisfying the desires and cravings of our flesh through over indulgence. In doing so, we are giving our control and extra money over to the things of this world by abusing and taking advantage of the good gift of food that God has given us.

As Christians, first and foremost, we are to recognize that gluttony is sin and then we are to seek freedom from the burden of this sin.

Through Christ, we have been cleansed and set free from the sin of gluttony, and therefore, are freed from its stronghold in our lives. As believers, we need to recognize “America’s most tolerated sin” and seek to destroy the stronghold that gluttony has on us.

We are not to be held in bondage to sin and we are not to entertain sin, including the sin of gluttony.

1 Corinthians 19–20 states, “Do you not know that you 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.” If we believe this to be true as Christians than we are to take care of the bodies God has given us.

Paul Tripp states, “Your body has been chosen for a higher purpose than anything you could have ever planned or even have the ability to imagine.”

In addition to this, Tripp makes the point that what you are doing with your body right here and now does matter because your body has a master, and the master should be Jesus Christ not yourself.

As believers in Christ we are freed from the power of gluttony over our lives and we are given the Holy Spirit to aid us in self-control. After all, self-control reaps far more spiritual blessings and rewards than the temporary satisfaction of over indulgence.

Sources that support my stance:

http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/data-mine/2015/11/02/americans-are-fat-and-its-costing-us-billions-each-year

http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/america-s-most-tolerated-sin

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