You know that moment when you can feel your body starting to get full. You’ve indulged on your favorite cake, and your body is whispering, “Stop. You’re full.” But how can you say no to cake? You start lightly poking the cake and continue to eat. Suddenly, you feel a slight urge to puke.
You finally submit. You’re full and can’t eat anymore.
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Is This Gluttony?
Most Christians do not know how to answer that. In fact, according to Dr. Joe McKeever, Director of Missions for the Baptist Association of Greater New Orleans, most pastors avoid the subject of overeating because they don’t have all the answers either.
The Bible rarely addresses gluttony so it might be easier for most pastors to avoid the subject. But Mckeever calls pastors to act against the compliance.
He states that the health and godliness of a congregation could depend on their pastor teaching about overeating.
It all comes down to the scripture, he demeans the most important for gluttony,
“Whether therefore you eat or drink or whatsoever you do, do all to the glory of God”
– 1 Corinthians 10:31
This is where we have to reflect on our current eating habits. If they are not honoring the Lord, changes need to be made.
Overeating is a problem often overlooked in the church. It goes beyond a physical weight problem because it takes self-control, a fruit of the Spirit, then it is also a soul problem. People might overeat to fill a void that is meant to be filled by Jesus, and Jesus alone. Anyone can struggle with that— it’s not just an overweight person’s problem.
When you have a bad day at work or school, do you turn to food to comfort you?
I know I’m guilty.
Often we turn to food to comfort us instead of our Heavenly Father. That’s the real problem.
Allow God to be your comfort. He will never leave you feeling guilty.
Article: Church Pastor