Welcome to the Overcoming the Acceptable Christian Sin of Gluttony podcast, a companion podcast to the Acceptable Christian Sin of Gluttony message series. My name is Daniel Whyte III president of Gospel Light Society International. The purpose of this podcast is to share with you, from a biblical perspective, the means by which we can combat and overcome the sin of gluttony and its outcome of obesity.
Our passage from the Word of God today is Proverbs 23:20-21 which reads: “Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh: For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags”
Now, let’s look at gluttony and its effects in the news: According to The New York Times, The US military is facing the problem of increasing obesity in its ranks. A new Defense Department study found that 22 percent of Navy personnel — roughly one in every five — now qualify as obese. The Marine Corps, which has the youngest force and maintains the toughest physical fitness standards, was the leanest in the study, with 8.3 percent of Marines over the obesity threshold. The Army came in at 17.4 percent — the same as the militarywide average — and the Air Force was at 18.1 percent. “Obesity negatively impacts physical performance and military readiness and is associated with long-term health problems such as hypertension, diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, cancer, and risk for all-cause mortality,” the study’s authors wrote in the August issue of the Defense Department’s Medical Surveillance Monthly Report, where the data was first published.
In this podcast, we are going through the book, The RAVE Diet and Lifestyle: The Natural Foods Diet With Meals that Heal, by Mike Anderson. This section is titled: Why Doesn’t The Government Promote This Diet? part 5:
Food industries spend a tremendous amount of money on advertising not just in television and print media, but in medical and nutritional journals. As a result, their editorial influence is pervasive in terms of what gets said and printed in the media. These industries also employ an army of professional writers who are skilled at writing letters to the editor or reviews of books on Amazon.com. It’s more than likely the next time you see a letter to an editor touting the benefits of one animal food or another, or criticizing plant-based diets, that letter was written by a hired gun from a food lobby.
Some public figures will rail against any government interference when it comes to food choices and shout there must be “freedom of choice” when it comes to food. In fact, however, we have no freedom of choice because politicians in Washington have already decided what Americans are going to eat. By subsidizing the animal and refined food industries, the heavy hand of the government has already interfered in the marketplace and made hamburger – one of the most expensive and resource-intensive foods on the planet – cheaper than raspberries. Until such subsidies are gone and the government gets out of food price-fixing, the “freedom of choice” argument is empty. We have no free market or freedom of choice when it comes to food.
The only way we are going to make Americans eat healthy food is by letting the free market determine the price of food. That means taking away all subsidies received by food industries by voting for campaign finance reform. A free market would make unhealthy foods so expensive, only the wealthy could afford to eat them – and die from them – on a regular basis. If those subsidies could be “willed away” overnight, our eating habits would be back in the 18th century and our diets would resemble the old-fashioned diets of our ancestors, who did not suffer from the diet-related diseases that are ravaging us today. Degenerative diseases would vanish from the landscape, just as they did when the Nazis removed animal foods from the countries it occupied. Of course, you don’t have to wait for the government to do this. You can do this yourself by simply following the RAVE Diet.
I was recently at an American Heart Association fund-raiser. I really wasn’t surprised when I found out the main course was veal (I opted for their meat-less entrée). Serving veal or prime rib or some other form of meat is typical of “health” organizations. Why do they serve such unhealthy fare? Because they are trying to raise money – and unwittingly – bring more heart patients into the hospital because the more heart patients in hospitals, the more money they will raise for research into treating a disease that could be completely cured by simple changes in diet. In fact, we do not need any further research into heart disease. We already have a cure for heart disease. It is diet.
— PRAYER —
Now, in this series, as we focus on overcoming the sin of gluttony, and managing our bodies as God intended, we must not lose sight of the most important part of our existence — our spiritual life. Even those of you who are fit, who eat right, and who exercise regularly must still address the condition of your soul. You may keep your body in perfect condition till the day you die, but you will still die — we all will, and the only thing that will matter is the condition of your soul. Is your soul in shape? Is your soul in right standing with God?
The only way to make sure of that is to trust Jesus Christ as your Savior from sin and the consequences of sin. He alone can save your soul, put you in right standing with God, and ensure that you do not perish in Hell. Now, if you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior, believe in your heart that Jesus died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Until next time, may God bless you and keep you is my prayer.