I am having a hard time with something. I am feeling the weight of my decisions in a new way. Recently I have learned about the food that we eat as well as the economic framework of not only our country here in the USA but countries all over the world. I have always read about these issues but never dug into any one of them to see which side had more facts. Some say walmart is great for us, others say it is destroying us. Some say our food is healthy, some say it is destroying us.
If I am to worship God with everything I am, then I need to understand these issues. It was not until I realized that I was destroying the body God gave to me that I started to lose weight. This is the same reasoning that I feel this weight on me. Not the weight of pleasing God, the weight of taking care of what He has entrusted to me.
I was brought up to be a good conservative. Trickle down economics and three-piece suits were the training of my youth; so it feels very awkward to say that large corporations are ruining our quality of life. I’m not a journalist and I am not going to blather on about all the different things I have been reading about; that is your job to read and make your own decisions. I would love to chat with you regarding what your views are and how you are wading through the filth.
What can I do? Is there a way to earn a living and make a difference in Maine? Is there an organization devoted to worshiping God through healthy living? Should I start one if there isn’t? Would I love to start a non-profit…yes. Should I …? Am I reading too much? Am I learning too much? It was a lot easier when I trusted the FDA let alone the EPA which regulates a high percentage of the ingredients in the food that we eat.
It is interesting to see the dynamic that exists between generalizations of conservatives and liberals.
It occurred to me that many of the ones who are so anti-government (conservatives) take what the FDA says without question.
Those who agree more with big government ideas (liberals) tend to make up a higher percentage of those who think the FDA is corrupt.
I find that very interesting.
Is gluttony still a sin? From what I can tell, most people wouldn’t say so. In many cases in the Bible where we find the word glutton, we find it’s partner drunkard. In many ways I see this changing our perception of the word glutton. We know, well most of us know, that it isn’t the alcohol that is a sin. The sin involved is the allowing of the alcohol to lead us as our master. In many, if not most cases, this doesn’t even involve being drunk. Have you ever heard yourself say, “What a rough day, I need a glass of wine.”? It is so easy to say and convince yourself that you aren’t a slave. Here’s a question…when you say ‘need’ do you mean it? Relax…the same thing could be said about a piece of pie or a video game. If you need something other than Jesus to relax…it owns you.
As off the subject as that seems, it is still the picture we have in our head. Drunkards are the people who obviously have a problem. We think the same about gluttons. Gluttony only describes people other than ourselves. Merriam Webster defines gluttony as 1 a : one given habitually to greedy and voracious eating and drinking b : one that has a great capacity for accepting or enduring something <a glutton for punishment>. Ah, voracious…what a great word to get us all off the hook. We would never say that we are a voracious eater.
Here in the U.S. we have decided that we want what we want, therefore if I want to eat ice cream every day that is fine. It isn’t gluttonous because this is the U.S. and I have the freedom to eat whatever I want. If others were not able to eat because of my ice cream habit/addiction that might be an issue but that is not the case. I do not have the goal of attacking capitalism here but I will say that it does foster the gluttonous lifestyle. Excess. Everything is excess. I sin here like all of you do. I want, I need, I covet. Whether it is a new TV or a coffee that actually tastes good…I want.
I have been burdened with an understanding of my own gluttony. This is a sin. In the US we call it many things but mostly we call it our “freedom”. Blech…
As I look around I see many people who are gluttonous. Is that judgemental? Probably. I am hurting for others who do not see the excess in their lives both specific people and people in general. I continue to pray most specifically for my own forgiveness and sanctification as I seek to allow God to take away my gluttonous and drunkardly ways and lead me to repentance.