Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things. – Philippians 3:19
Gluttony or God?
Overeating and overindulging is something that the bible addresses as sinful in various places. Pretty much all of us will shy away from this fact, as yes, our appetites do sometimes overrule the reality of what we need.
During Lent it is common practice to give up something, usually a food, which we particularly enjoy. Therefore we are aware that this worldly pleasure is wrong, but not to the extent that we continue this abstinence all year round.
However, in many ways we should in fact continue this act of self-control. It puts it very harshly in the bible when it says: And put a knife to your throat if you are given to appetite (Proverbs 23:2). Our focus should not be on our stomachs, but on Jesus and the sacrifices he made, baring in mind that He starved in the desert for 40 days!
Eating is, on the other hand, very important. We should be nourishing our bodies and the bible does not discourage us from doing this. Instead, it puts forward the idea that our body is ‘God’s temple’, and therefore we should be careful with how we choose to look after it:
Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple. (1 Corinthians 3:16-17)
What it is discouraging is poisoning our bodies which God has given us to do good with. As I said in my post a couple of days ago: Christ’s only body left on earth is ours. We should not become flippant with what we put in it. As it says in Proverbs (23:20-21): Be not among drunkards or among gluttonous eaters of meat, for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and slumber will clothe them with rags.
We have sown the seed in Lent by taking that step towards self-sacrifice when it comes to food. For the rest of the year it is your choice: gluttony or God?
For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. – Romans 14:17
For more please come back for the rest of my 40 day Lent series – thank you for your support so far!