The holiday season is among us which brings on all sorts of sweet peppermint treats and sugary snacks.
While some people have no problem enjoying a sweet treat in moderation – others can’t help but indulge themselves until they are bursting at the seams – literally.
And while some may shrug it off as simply just “gaining holiday weight” or “enjoying the season” – there’s a deeper root buried under the surface – and it’s deadly.
When people talk about idols, they typically think of the workaholic who lives at the office or the rich guy who keeps buying more cars to boast his wealth.
But the sneaky and often hidden sin of gluttony isn’t talked about much – even though it is taking our nation by storm.
It’s estimated roughly 36 percent of Americans are obese.
From health complications, to an unhealthy obsession with food, obesity not only takes a physical toll – but it can numb a person to the presence of God.
When one is more consumed with eating than spending time with God – it’s evident an idol has crept in.
During hard or difficult times – we should be crying out to God in our despair – asking for His healing touch.
But instead of reaching for God, many of us reach for a bag of chips or a pint of ice-cream to “numb the pain.”
Food becomes our “god” – and we run to it for comfort without even thinking.
Instead of viewing food as a good gift from God, gluttony takes the focus off of God and opens up the door of self-indulgence by abusing what God has made.
So is it wrong to enjoy a peppermint hot chocolate full of sugar on a cold winter evening?
In itself, no.
There is nothing wrong or sinful with enjoying a treat in moderation with the right heart posture.
But when food becomes an idol – it can cause those who struggle with self-control to be tempted even more.
Gluttony is a sin.
Not to mention – it’s an expensive habit!
If you’ve become indifferent to how you’re spending your money and use food delivery services on a regular basis – a red light should go off in your brain.
While there’s nothing wrong with ordering takeout on occasion (if you can afford it) – typically, takeout food is grossly unhealthy and usually fried or loaded with sugar.
Not to mention – it’s pricey!
Do you know how much you spend on eating out each month?
Some people know down to the penny, others haven’t a clue.
It takes discipline to meal plan and eat healthy – but if your highest priority is simply indulging or numbing your feelings with food – you might have an idol in your life.
The good news is, there is no shame for those who are in Christ Jesus.
Jesus died to set us free from bondage, and He is always willing and able to help us in our weakness.
The holiday season may be especially hard for a person who already has food issues.
But instead of “eating away your shame” – take your pain to God and express your honest and raw feelings to Him.
Perhaps you have unresolved trauma in your life that needs addressing.
Or maybe there is a relational issue you’re avoiding or aren’t even aware of because you’re used to numbing your feelings.
Whatever your situation – you aren’t alone.
Go to God with your pain, and consider participating in a local Christian 12-step group like Celebrate Recovery for a safe place to get real about any hang-ups in your life.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” – John 3:16-17
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