Out of all the “Deadly 7” Gluttony is one you rarely hear about in church gatherings. Show me a church gathering and more often than not, they are lathered in food. Just try to stay on a diet while attending a potluck. Usually, potlucks are full of comfort foods. Why? I venture to say it is because after sitting for two hours being told how unworthy and sinful you are; you are drowning in guilt and comfort is needed.
Pope Gregory made it impossible to gain any pleasure at all out of eating ,when he listed not one, but five ways to sin by gluttony. There is the “too greedily, too much, too early, too expensively, and with too much focus on how the food is prepared.” Well, that takes the joy right out of food. This type of eating looks a lot like pleasure. When the 7 Deadly Sins originated, pleasure was tied with ungodliness. Pleasure took focus off spirituality and put more focus on our wants and need. Encouraging us to ask more questions, something that was not encouraged.
Food has played and continues to play a huge role in our human lives. Not just in the fact that we need to eat to survive, but also as it identifies us, where we come from, (hummus or challah), our social class, (steak or ground beef), even our values can be on display, (vegetarian or meat-eater). What is even more interesting is how food can connect us to those that are around us. Food sharing, is what Thanksgiving is supposed to teach us. The dinner table is where we come back together to reconnect over our families “traditional” foods. It is the glue that holds us together. There is a saying, that statistically holds weight,
“The family that eats together, stays together.”
So much time and energy in our weight obsessed society is spent on calories and weight loss. I encourage you to be healthy with your choices but maybe it is because we are not gluttonous that we are “fat”. If we take a look at how the French eat we would find they experience their meals. It is all about variety, spices, pleasure, and social connecting, instead of just consuming in monotony. They are truly gluttonous in their approach to food.
Gluttony is not so much a sin but rather an attitude towards food and our lives in general. We need to awaken to the spices in our lives. Gluttony may not lead us to the gates of hell or to the diet aisle but instead to a family table and smaller waists.
When we awaken and truly experience our food, less is often more.
Are you ready to be Gluttonous in your approach to life?
Are you ready to embrace it all?
Let me help you, I promise it will be a decadent experience.