The Church is supposed to be representative of the Lord Jesus Christ. Even in our flawed condition, we shine forth the light of Christ, hoping to pierce this world of darkness. We know that there ought to be great focus placed on spiritual manners, yet in this endeavor we often overlook some key physical factors.
We speak against sins like homosexuality, adultery, murder, and many others, but one issue we rarely address is obesity which is accomplished through a sin called gluttony. A glutton is someone who overeats. I personally haven’t heard a sermon or teaching done on this topic.
“For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.” Proverbs 23:21
“And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite.” Proverbs 23:2
We see clearly that God looks at gluttony as a sin. The Holy Spirit gives us self-control in all things, yet we tend to obsess over the 9 gifts beyond the power to live Holy. Should a preacher be overweight? Can we preach self-control and not address overeating? Our bodies are regarded as temples in the Holy scriptures.
“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?”1 Corinthians 6:19
There should be just as much importance placed in moderation in regard to eating as we place in modesty. If I were to go around selling a diet plan, yet I was overweight, how effective would I be in my pitch? The same idea applies to ministering the Gospel. If I preach a Gospel that claims to deliver from sin, yet I haven’t been delivered from my plate, then how effective can I be?
We as a body have to start taking care of our individual bodies. The Spirit gives us power to overcome anything and we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. The Church must thoroughly address all sin and weakness and not just what is convenient. Fasting needs to be expounded more clearly in the Church. When we deny our physical bodies, we are strengthened spiritually.
Isaiah 58 is a great read for the believer struggling with fasting. This is to encourage the believer to strive for obedience in all areas and not just some. We have to be a fit body and not an overweight and disobedient body.