The Gluttony Agenda
Friends, the time has come for Christians everywhere to identify the main crisis facing the church today.
Never before in history have so many people been so deceived. Never before have so many allowed their moral compass to falter. This cultural battleground is perhaps the most divisive and sensitive matter on the minds of this generation. We have allowed the ethical fabric of our culture to fray and tear–but now is not the time to shrink back! Today we must proclaim the truth and teach our virtues with boldness, in the face of a pervasive evil. Today we speak out against the gluttony agenda!
There was a time, long since past, where former generations refused to tolerate the redefinition of indulgence. They identified gluttony for the sin that it is. Now, culture is changing and the church has become quiet. Instead of rejecting gluttony in all its’ forms, and standing for the biblical definition of godly eating, we instead avoid addressing the issues! We have refused to come against this sinister caloric agenda, and we have abandoned our post. It’s our job to confront the evils of gluttony with tough truth–even if it costs us our reputation. It’s time for Christians everywhere to speak out against the gluttony epidemic!
The shocking depravity is all around us.
It began several generations ago, with the influx of liberal corporations who began compromising the standards of healthy eating. The erosion of the family, particularly during the tradition of a shared mealtime, gave rise to fast-food establishments. These in turn began changing our definition of “food” away from the values of times past. Instead of looking to God’s Word for the appropriate definition of their appetites, secular society began to say they were full whenever they wanted.
Soon afterwards, these new industries of food began sponsoring the entertainment of the next generation. They placed advertisements for their unhealthy addictive foods on children’s shows, and adults on sitcoms were seen overeating for comic effect. Cosby used his influence over family values to promote unhealthy cravings for Jello. Homer wanted all of the donuts, laughing in the face of his own demise. Sugar bear openly flaunted his addiction. Characters with gluttony problems were even written into children’s television. Some demanded so many desserts, they were called a “monster” by their peers–and they instead embraced the label with pride! Because the church did not speak out, the world was now trapped on the slippery slope of eventually accepting gluttony, by and large, everywhere.
Now people everywhere, inside and outside the church, have unhealthy and destructive views on eating. We’ve departed from the Judeo-Christian health virtues our nation was established on: moderation, temperance, and protecting our bodies as temples. Instead, we now eat in excess and feel no guilt about it. What can we do in the face of such corrupting immorality?
First of all our churches must not be silent on the issue. We must speak out against gluttony from our pulpits. Second, we must exercise our God-given political influence. We must vote for anti-gluttony candidates and advocate for a pro-health agenda. Third, while we obviously love the gluttons, we’re actually doing what’s best for them–even if they don’t understand our motives. We must try to reach out to gluttons, and become friends with them, to eventually convict them of their destructive morality and eating habits.
Finally, we must hope and pray for the standard of Godly eating to be restored to North America. Without it, not only will our individual health continue to decline–but we could be subject to God’s judgement and wrath. We must stand in the gap for gluttons everywhere and boldly proclaim scripture’s clear stance on the issue! I’m thankful that godly men and women all over our nation are joining me in the cause.
“If anyone thinks that Christians regard unchastity as the supreme vice, he is quite wrong. The sins of the flesh are bad, but they are the least bad of all sins. All the worst pleasures are purely spiritual: the pleasure of putting other people in the wrong, of bossing and patronising and spoiling sport, and backbiting; the pleasures of power, of hatred… That is why a cold, self-righteous prig who goes regularly to church may be far nearer to hell than a prostitute.”