Many so-called Christian folk judge others who smoke or drink alcohol as a sin, but for some reason overindulged, excessively overweight gluttony amongst them is ignored. Anything in excess could be considered gluttony whether it be food, television, video games, alcohol, smoking, etc. However when the bible talks about gluttony it always pertains to food and drink.
Wikipedia defines gluttony as;
Derived from the Latin gluttire, meaning to gulp down or swallow, gluttony is the over-indulgence and over-consumption of food, drink, or intoxicants to the point of waste.
Websters defines gluttony as;
excess in eating or drinking
Lets take a look at reality T.V. and how it relates to the current Christian ethos on the acceptance of gluttony and the judging of others for their perceived appearance of evil lets use smoking as an example and compare it to gluttony taken directly from scripture. Knowing is growing and what we feed our minds is what comes out. A friend of mine always says "garbage in, garbage out".
How would this relate to Christianity?
Well how about a show about;
Proverbs 23:1-3 says;
1 when you sit to dine with a ruler, note well what is before you,
2 and put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony.
3 Do not crave his delicacies for that food is deceptive.
Consider also Proverbs 23:20-21, Proverbs 28:7, 2 Peter 1:5-7, 2 Corinthians 10:5, 2 Timothy 3:1-9,
Something we should consider further is that gluttony isn't just about overeating or the appearance of an overweight person but it is in the heart. The gluttonous heart is black and full of greed it cares not for others but would like to judge others as an excuse to continue it's gluttonous way. When we judge others we open ourselves to judgment consider what Jesus said in Matthew 15:8-9;
8 " 'These people honor me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me.
9 They worship me in vain;
their teachings are but rules taught by men.' "
Consider; Matthew 7:1-6, Matthew 7;21-23, Matthew 12:33-37, Mark 7:21-23, Luke 12:1-3, John 8:31-36
Now lets look at smoking
Sorry couldn't find anything that directly relates to smoking in the bible.
So which problem should be given more attention smoking or gluttony?
The Lord bless and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up his countenance upon you,
And give you peace.
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