Before you go to church today.
Gluttony. Man has named it as one of the seven deadly sins. In His Word, the Lord hates it. Yet, it’s one of the most accepted sins – at least here in America. What is gluttony? If you want to lose weight you need to know. First, you must realize it is deadly? It comes from the Latin word gluttire meaning to gulp down. Gluttony is over-indulgence of anything – to the point of extravagance, or waste.
Are you a glutton? I was. I live in Oregon now, but originally, I’m from Louisiana. And yes… we can eat. Even while writing this book, if I were back in the French Quarter, at the right restaurant, I might just become a glutton again – at least for about thirty minutes. And yes, I would beat myself up for it afterword’s. Once a glutton, always a glutton. Right? Wrong. But, once heavy, there is always the danger of going back. But less of a chance than if you’d never been there.
Christian men and women sit in judgment of homosexuals, drug attics, murders, and thieves at the Sunday service, then gorge themselves at the local restaurant with a group of fellow Christians. Or, after at the big potluck.
What kind of affect does your gluttony have on the world. “Wait a minute, I’m not gluttonous. Those are fighting words.”
Did I just hear some of you say that you are not gluttons? I heard one of you say you are heavy because of a hormone imbalance, then right after — or as you were saying it — you requested a double hot fudge Sunday.
Hormones, they get blamed for everything. You ever realize that when a man starts to get heavy he begins to look like a woman – everything from curvaceous hips to man boobs. Or some women. She eats and she eats. Next thing you know she’s using her husband’s shaver on her chin and upper lip as the normal soft downy becomes coarse and dark. Over eating will affect your hormones faster than anything.
Men, want to look like a woman? Over eat. Women, want to look like a man? Over eat. Do you need a bigger motivator?
Like the alcoholic who stands up and must confess to end the deadly cycle, you too must do it. Here, I’ll go first. My name is Shawn Boutwell. And, I’m a glutton. I’ve lost a lot of weight, but I am still the same guy who ate himself to being heavy. I could just as easily go back. Now it is your turn. You need to do it. Do it now.
I saw on the Internet that one of the Biggest Loser winners gained all her weight back. She said it was because she became depressed. I watched that season. And I never heard the woman confess. Come on. You can do it. Just say it. Right now, wherever you are. It doesn’t matter if no one is around. Confess to your creator, you have not cared for yourself. Say it. Just four words that can change your life forever. Right now.
“I am a glutton.”
Good. Now let’s move on.
I say I could easily go back to being a glutton. Maybe. But, more than likely not. How do I know? Because I’ve come to realize that I am not the one who needs to eat. I am no longer the gluttonous one, my body is.
Go back and read what I just wrote.
I am no longer the glutton, my body is.
Okay. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, do you know what the book of Proverbs tells me — that book of wise living principles? “Do not be with heavy drinkers of wine or with gluttonous eaters of meat. For the heavy drinker and the glutton will come to poverty, and drowsiness will clothe one with rags, Prov. 23:20-21. Are you an “eater”? That could be why you’ve struggled so much. Glutton in this verse literally means “an eater.” Oh, but Shawn that was in the Old Testament. Wise living is wise living. This is not a salvation issue. It is a life and death issue. You may be up and walking around, laughing, and yes still eating, but the real you — the you of your youth — is dead.
Okay, what about the words of our Lord to the Pharisees — the enemies of the gospel? “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside they are full of robbery and self-indulgence.” Matt. 23: 25
Merriam-Webster defines Self-indulgence as excessive or unrestrained gratification of one’s own appetites, desires, or whims. The Greek word used for self-indulgence in this verse literally means lack of self-control. Self-indulgence is gluttony.
So, it is Resurrection Sunday. Go to church.