Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Is overeating a sin?

The Bible warns against gluttony and greed in a ton of different places, in both the New and Old Testaments. Idolatry, too, is a major theme throughout scripture, and overeating can even go so far as to put God below food. It’s pretty clear to me that God designed us to eat to live, not live to eat.

Then why, in 30 years of church attendance, have I never once heard a sermon about gluttony? I’ve had friends tell me stories of struggle with all sorts of sins, big and small, but yet never gluttony. But that’s not because no one’s struggling with it; for Heaven’s sake, I live in the fattest and most indulgent country in the world! A pastor or other church leader will humbly step down from their position if a major sin stronghold like adultery or alcoholism comes to light, but fat pastors are all over the place.

So what’s the deal? Maybe gluttony isn’t a sin anymore. Maybe God never really meant it in the first place, or only meant it for people who overeat a lot more than me. Or maybe Satan has pulled the wool over our eyes, and made overeating so commonplace that we can’t even recognize it now. After all, overeating isn’t as bad as some other sins, even if it does put food before God… right?

So here’s my challenge: Let's stop trying to make the food behave by cutting out the fat, calories, carbs, or sugar just so we can eat more. Let's stop overeating instead. It’s just obedience, and God will reward us with thinner bodies.

1 comment:

  1. I agree. We need to obey in EVERY area of our lives, regardless of how socially acceptable the sin may be.