It’s Your Fault – Chapter 2

Chapter 2

I am going to start with myself.
After I turned 45 years old, my doctor told me “you are type 2 diabetic”. He proceeded to explain the health issues I would have to address for the rest of my life. Your life will be shortened by this condition. I was shattered by this news, how could this happen to me. I thought of myself as active, I ate pretty healthy (in my mind). This could not be real.
How did I get there? After a life that was very active, I had taken a job that had me sitting at a desk for ten hours a day. I ate fast food that was brought to me at my desk (because it was the quick way to get through the day). After a long day at work, I was far too tired to work out. I gained a little weight and had a little less energy. In a year I went from 190 pounds to 209. I looked in the mirror and I saw myself as a big guy. I used to work out and now I was just a little bulked up. I was not very worried about it.

Over the next year work got busy and I spent a little more time at work, ate both breakfast and lunch (and sometimes dinner) at my desk. My weight went up to 217 but I just saw myself as a big athlete. In my mind I saw football player when I looked in the mirror, you know those guys that are still in good shape just a little bit bulky.

Over the next couple of years I gained weight until I was over 250 pounds. I was getting a pretty strong gut, but so do a lot of weightlifters and football players. I had less energy and more hunger. I knew I was a little too heavy and I made plans to start working out as soon as things at work slowed down a little. I was still real strong. I was the guy you wanted when it was time to lift something heavy or move something. I was strong like the weightlifter I used to be. I was less active and ate more (weight is still climbing a little more every month).

A few more years and I was at 324 pounds. I looked in the mirror and still saw the man I used to be. Then the doctor crashed my illusion.

On the way home I felt so bad I stopped for ice cream. I looked in the mirror and I realized I was a fat diabetic Man in denial about my condition.  I spent a lot of time trying to figure out how this happened. How could God let this health condition happen to me? Whose fault was my condition? My boss demanded too much, My family really needed me to make the money, Other jobs were hard to find, so I  had to work hard to keep this one.

The truth: I had the ignored the word, ate too much and chosen to be lazy and not workout. I had chosen to let my health slide because it was easy to be lazy. I had slipped into the sin of gluttony.

For some reason gluttony is accepted or at least tolerated in the Christian world. Many of the arguments used against smoking, drugs and drinking, such as health and addiction, apply equally to overeating. Many Christians would not even consider having a cocktail or smoking a joint, but they have no qualms about stuffing themselves at the buffet. They will look down on an addict but totally accept an overeating, fat, lazy person without considering the sin. This does not line up with the word!

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.”

Physical appetites show our ability to control ourselves. If we cannot control our eating habits, we are probably cannot control other habits either, such as those of the mind (lust, covetousness, anger) and unable to keep our mouths from gossip or strife. We are not to let our appetites control us, but we are to have control over our appetites. (See Deuteronomy 21:20, Proverbs 23:2, 2 Peter 1:5-7, 2 Timothy 3:1-9, and 2 Corinthians 10:5.) The ability to say “no” to anything in excess—self-control—is one of the fruits of the Spirit common to all believers (Galatians 5:22).

This sin is a sin of flesh. A heroin addict has a need for the drug, he gets a fix and he feels better until the need returns. I needed a snack I got bag of chips, ate it all and felt better until the need returned. Let’s see,, if I fall to the sin of gluttony I am destroying my body and health and also showing the world a bad testimony of my Christian life and walk.  I also am leading my children in a path that will destroy their lives.

God has blessed us by filling the earth with foods that are delicious, nutritious, and pleasurable. We should honor God by enjoying these foods and by eating them in appropriate quantities. God calls us to control our appetites, rather than allowing them to control us.

Note:Obesity is common, serious and costly.

More than one-third of U.S. adults (35.7%) are obese.

The number of states with an obesity prevalence of 30% or more has increased to 12 states in 2010.

In 2009, nine states had obesity rates of 30% or more

In 2000, no state had an obesity prevalence of 30% or more.

CDC Stats

Note: Approximately 17% (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents aged 2—19 years are obese.

The children of obese adults are much more likely grow up to be obese and or diabetic.

CDC Stats.

 

Note:Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, some of the leading causes of death.  

In 2008, medical costs associated with obesity were estimated at $147 billion; the medical costs paid by third-party payors for people who are obese were $1,429 higher than those of normal weight.

CBO Stats

 

NEXT STEPS
Accept personal responsibility for your sin.
Acknowledge that you are solely responsible for the choices to overeat.
Accept that you are responsible for what you choose to do in this area of your life.
Accept that you made the decisions that have messed up your health.
Ask God to forgive you for your sin.
Get help if you can’t control this alone
Change direction (involves salad).

Chapter 1

Chapter 3 coming soon