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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Can "Weight Loss" Be Spiritual? Is Gluttony Really A Sin?

I don't know about you, but one of my biggest problems in life has been Gluttony. I just read the other day that 2/3 of all Americans are either over-weight or obese. And that for the first time, there is increasing statistics showing that parents might just out-live their children due to the severity of the obesity in children today.

Have we forgotten that Gluttony is a sin?

Sitting down at a table and eating 3 helpings is sinful. Ordering a super-sized anything if it isn't the only thing you are eating that day is sinful, isn't it?

We are killing ourselves, physically for sure, but what about spiritually?

The more we sin, the more we turn away from God. How many of us are eating our way straight to hell, aided by the temptations from the devil.

Yes, some of us have greater difficulty with our weight than others, I am one for sure, but that isn't an excuse, it is a cross that we must not ignore, but we are to pick up that cross each day and carry it.

We must continue to find ways to help us turn away from sin and grow in holiness. Gluttony is not holy, rather just the opposite.

Thanks to God's intervention, Liz and I have been inspired to turn away from our Gluttony and live a healthier and more spiritual life. I know there are a lot of ways to loss weight, it is up to you to find one that works for you.

5 weeks ago, Liz and I began this journey: I have lost 32 lbs, and Liz has lost about 20 lbs. We still have quite a way to go, but we are learning, praying, and most of all, changing our lives. I am blessed to have a wife willing to travel this road with me, but this has been made easier with the understanding that being obese is not holy. Gluttony is a sin that not only produces severe medical problems, but leaves one depressed, lazy, angry, unmotivated, and resentful.

Yes - weight loss can be spiritual. I don't mean to say that we should all try to look like super-models, but we should be healthy. Healthy for our children, our friends, our spouses, for our Lord. Isn't gluttony really about be self-centered, concerned only about self-stimulation to the excess.

Think about it..... Being Fat is selfish!

Being a disciple of Christ means having some discipline. How many of us work each day to develop our discipline?

Don't be fooled by the thought that excess food can bring you happiness, we all know that isn't true, excess anything can never be good, it is always the opposite that it produces, we just are all to often afraid to admit it.

To lose weight isn't difficult, it only takes putting less food into our mouths. As I said before, there are as many ways to lose weight as there are stars in the sky, so decide on one now and stop fooling yourself about your sinful nature. Stop rationalizing your gluttony, it is sinful! Stop sinning! There was and is a reason that Gluttony was identified as a sin.

I realize that the truth can hurt, it has been painful to Liz and I as well, but call a spade a spade, the truth - the truth, accept it, and start doing something about it. Would Christ tell a man or a woman who was committing adultery to not do anything about it? Would Christ condone someone who was stealing, or telling lies, of course not! The sooner we accept responsibility for our sinful actions, we can begin to heal, we can begin to repair the damage, we can begin to live.

Lets all begin to live with God's help (grace).

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1 comment:

Lady in Blue said...

Thanks Deacon Pat! I have had these same thoughts for a while. When we start to see that it is about taking care of the temple of the Holy Spirit, our perspectives change and the Lord helps give us the perseverence to move forward.