Theological, Historical, and Pastoral Reflections
Tom,That story hits a little too close to home. I was raised just a hop, skip and a jump from Johnson City near Bristol, VA/TN. Gravy and Biscuits have definitely been a big part of that region's regular diet. I salivate just thinking about it.My wife is southern, but I thank God she has not embraced Southern-style cooking exclusively. I have lost about 30 Lbs thanks to my wife cooking healthy. I think that sugary, carbonated sodas are surely ranked as a contributing factor (though not exclusively Southern).TBH
While the article is disturbing, the title to the post is absolutely hysterical.
How does a sedentary life-style factor in? Could it be, rather than diet, down-time and sedentary jobs are to blame?
lordodamanor:I would have to think that both come into play. I have noticed something about myself, for example:I ride my bike regularly now, and my weight does not increase. However, in order actually to lose weight, I have to cut back on something. I've noticed that when we don't have a steady supply of Coke in the house that the weight tends to drop a little... :)SDG,dbh
I don't know about all that, but I'm having some chicken fried steak tonight! And I'm gonna do it with a clear conscience and content demeanor.I just have a Diet Coke chaser to off-set any ill effects.Of course, the banana pudding afterward might be over the top, but I don't want to hurt anyone's feelings. ; - )Chowing down in the Lone Star State,Gunny
Gunny said:"I don't know about all that, but I'm having some chicken fried steak tonight! And I'm gonna do it with a clear conscience and content demeanor.I just have a Diet Coke chaser to off-set any ill effects."That reminds me of the days when my mother would take her afternoon break with a "Tab" and a "Three Musketeer's" bar. 8-)Seriously though, this has been an issue with me for some time. I am in reasonably good health but my weight has jumped considerably over the past few years. Not that I am eating more than I used to - simply turned forty and found my body doesn't process the intake as it used to. I walk every morning, do sit-ups and push-ups and I still look like a pear!I want to be a good example to the flock even in the area of physical appetites. Any suggestions?Wes
Tom - Sort of adds a new wrinkle to church growth, doesn't it?Lordodamanor - a sedentary life helps to balance a poor diet. You know you're on the level when your bubble's in the middle.Gunny - CFS is okay, but if I were back in TX, I'd want a plate of fajitas at Casa Rio on the SA riverwalk. Uh, with unsweet tea.
While I wouldn't recommend Dr. Laura's counsel on a regular basis, I happened to hear her say this: "You never see pictures of obese people in concentration camps." If one doesn't eat much, one can't put on weight. I think of that every time I hear someone excuse their weight for whatever reason. I also think of Ps. 73 and the "fat and sleek" bodies of the wicked, and am challenged by these thoughts to examine my heart concerning food. I also think pastors must be deliberate about exercise. Basketball counts. Volleyball is okay. Hillbilly golf is probably less helpful.
The question I have is if gluttony and being overweight is synonymous.There are some people who are overweight due to gluttony, but there are people who are born genetically big.I know a godly sister-in-Christ who eats like a supermodel's diet of water and veggies, and is a member of 24-hour fitness, and doesn't get slimmer. She's simply maintaining her weight from getting bigger.Whereas, I have a slimmer frame, but can eat like a racehorse without gaining any weight. Yet the constant feedback I get from family and friends is like an Italian mother, "You need to eat more. You're too skinny."
1 Corinthians 10:31 "So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God."I think it comes down to this. Is everything I'm doing, including eating and drinking, glorifying God? Am I eating to sustain my life so that I can serve Christ? Or am I eating to serve myself? I believe that we must make God's glory our main goal! If we honestly examine our lives we will find that we often serve ourselves, including and especially our bellies, most often.While we're at it, who's going to tackle the TV/movie issue? How many living rooms have at their center the idiot box? But I suppose if we went there, we'd never stop. So then do we become legalistic?But thanks be to God for his grace!
"Love to Eat, Hate to Eat" by Elyse Fitzpatrick is a good book for getting to the heart of eating patterns.
My wife and I have lost 62 & 66 pounds respectively, and it only took one thing.Well...o.k., it took several things, but they were all secondary to this one thing. We (by God's amazing, loving, chastening GRACE) called SIN...SIN !!!We were providentially shown by an incredible nutritionist how to eat the way God intended, and instead of being "on the verge of a heart attack" as the Doctor said in late February with a blood pressure of 180/125, and a sedentary pulse of 105-110, I lost down to 187 lbs., a B/P of 115/75, pulse @68, and look forward to serving Him with more energy/capabilities than before.We know we were slothful (that goes with gluttony BTW), lustfully indulgent concerning the pleasures of food, and were sinning against the God who had graced us with new life. Sin is sin, and gluttony is a "deadly" one. NOW... how about self righteousness/pride, and being wise in our own eyes...and a few others!#:<)
After thinking about what I wrote in the first post, I want to make sure that God gets the glory for my change in eating habits. I was convicted by God for eating too much and God has blessed me with a Godly wife who encouraged me to change. It was all by God's grace. TBH
A few months ago I watched the corpulent Jerry Falwell give a "sermon" on TV in which he preached against the Emergent Church Movement. His final point as to why the ECM is clearly bad was that they drank beer- in public! Nothing about post modern subjectivity, the influence of deconstructivism, the denial of the perspicuity of Scripture. Evil beer, that is their problem. Two weeks later he dropped dead and I remember someone close to him saying on TV, "Well, he loved to eat." The SBC needs to remove the log in its eye.
Ouch ... that's a bit dark.Will Shin said wrote:"The question I have is if gluttony and being overweight is synonymous."I certainly think not AND think that some of the more gluttonous folks are actually not overweight ... by the grace of God.However, sometimes that metabolism starts to slow down and then the pounds may increase, but one can be a swelt glutton.Also, I think the attitude toward the food is key in glutton, not just the amount.I think about the skinny guy who wins hot dog eating contests. He's not overweight, but clearly eats more than we could. Yet, his motivation is not really what I'd consider gluttony either.
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