7 Reasons We Have Trouble with Gluttony (and 4 Tips to Help Us Win Over It!)

Dr. Roger Barrier

7 Reasons We Have Trouble with Gluttony (and 4 Tips to Help Us Win Over It!) Friday, May 26, 2017

Dear Over-eater,

I have never taken an accidental bite of my food in my life. Unfortunately, I’ve taken too many bites. I, too, have too much fat. Nevertheless, I feel somewhat qualified to answer this question--especially because I know that I can share with you what the Bible says about how to get victory over gluttony.

Gluttony is an inordinate desire to consume more food than we require.

Gluttony is an acceptable sin in the church today. That’s not how God sees the sin of gluttony in our midst:

1 Corinthians 3:16-17 is addressed to the church: “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 6:19-20 is addressed to individuals: “Or do you not know that your 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. So glorify God in your body.”

So why do over-eaters eat too much?

7 Reasons We Have Trouble with Gluttony (and 4 Tips to Help Us Win Over It!)

1. Food is everywhere.

C. S. Lewis sets the scene in “Mere Christianity”: The theater lights dim, the band begins to play softly and sensuously as a man enters from stage left carrying a silver tray which is covered by a white cloth. He walks to the middle of the stage and begins dancing lewdly before setting the tray with the white cloth on a table. He whirls his hands over his head and then moves slowly and deliberately as he slides the cover off the silver tray. In the middle of the tray is a pork chop.

“Would not you think that something has gone wrong in that culture about food?” He asked.

Of course, his seventy-year-old vision has come true in America today. From the Food Channel to “Chopped,” we are strangely twisted and out of control with our love for food.

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