As promised, this week I have decided to address what I think is an issue both in the Kingdom, and out. So let me give you the fast facts before giving my spiel…
The New York Times reported almost a year ago, that according to the CDC, 37% of American adults are obese, not overweight, but OBESE! Thats 1 out of every 3 Americans!
According to The Journal of the American Medical Association, African Americans have the highest obesity rates, whereas 37% of Black men and a crazy 50% of Black women struggle with obesity.
Lastly, the most shocking numbers, if the aforementioned weren’t bad enough, Times reported that “68 percent of adults and nearly one-third of children are considered at least overweight, with a body mass index of 25 or higher.” S M H
We’ve got to do better.
So what do I think about this, you ask? Well it’s simple:
For many of us, overeating is something we have LEARNED in our lifetime. “Feeling full” is not complete without some sort of pain accompanied with it. We have to understand that as Christians, God expects us to be the example, and if we are the ones to say grace and then smash a whole PIG afterward, we need to rethink His expectation.
So what is HIS expectation? Well…
Proverbs 23:20-21 warns us, “Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat, for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags.” Proverbs 28:7 declares, “He who keeps the law is a discerning son, but a companion of gluttons disgraces his father.” Proverbs 23:2 proclaims, “Put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony.”
But what is Gluttony? It’s simply the overindulgence of food, and the lack of control we show for our bodies. Which essentially, speaks to other areas of our lives. Really, what it balls down to is our inability to control our fleshly desires, perpetuating that Adam and Eve syndrome, that JESUS already paid the price for. After all is said and done, there are physical, emotional, and spiritual consequences of Gluttony, and should NOT be taken very lightly!
Say it with me: PORTION CONTROL!
Do I really need a whole sweet potato pie to myself? lol Nah..not so much
At the end of the day, we need to understand that our meals are not our LAST meals, and that God’s grace is sufficient!
Feast on that-