I can almost hear the response of those who read last week’s post. It sounds a lot like this:
How dare they judge me!
We hate it when others judge us but many, if not most, Christians seem to have very little trouble judging others. (Take a few moments and replay some of your most recent conversations….. Did you or your friends talk about how or why someone has done what they have done? Did you question their values? Have you made or listened to questions about their lack of morals? Have you said that you’d never do what they’re doing? That, my friend, is not just gossip. That is judgment!)
If judgments by Christians are so easily and quickly made, then why in the world would we think that we would not be judged?
Haven’t you read……
“Don’t judge, so that you won’t be judged. For the way you judge others is how you will be judged — the measure with which you measure out will be used to measure to you. Why do you see the splinter in your brother’s eye but not notice the log in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the splinter out of your eye,’ when you have the log in your own eye? You hypocrite! First, take the log out of your own eye; then you will see clearly, so that you can remove the splinter from your brother’s eye! Matthew 7:1-5
Rather than worrying, talking, or questioning what others are doing, it’s time for us to get our lives in alignment with God’s word.
I’ve noticed that Christians like to put sin on a scale. I guess it’s easier to make judgments that way…… (I’m just saying’) And it seems as if our particular sin generally falls into the not so bad category while what others are doing is sending them to hell in a hand basket. But God doesn’t do that! To him, sin is sin.
Since the focus of this blog is health and wellness, may I be so bold as to remind you that slothfulness and gluttony are two of the seven deadly sins?
In Christianity, it is considered a sin if the excessive desire for food causes it to be withheld from the needy. Because of these scripts, gluttony can be interpreted as selfishness; essentially placing concern with one’s own interests above the well-being or interests of others.
Medieval church leaders (e.g., Thomas Aquinas) took a more expansive view of gluttony, arguing that it could also include an obsessive anticipation of meals, and the constant eating of delicacies and excessively costly foods. Aquinas went so far as to prepare a list of six ways to commit gluttony, comprising: eating too soon, eating too expensively,
eating too much, eating too eagerly. eating too daintily, and/or, eating wildly.
While slothfulness is sometimes defined as physical laziness, spiritual laziness is emphasized. Failing to develop spiritually will lead to becoming guilty of sloth. In the Christian faith, sloth rejects grace and God.
For those outside the church (and anyone else who’s paying attention), the sin of gluttony and slothfulness is pretty easy to detect. And once detected, it’s quite easy to judge those who are participating in these behaviors. (Even Christians judge others by their size, don’t they?)
Those outside of the church aren’t cloaking this in the King James vernacular, are they? They are using words like fat and lazy. Ouch!
The truth is that most people have no right to complain about being judged as a glutton or sloth because of all of the time they have spent judging and talking about others. Worse yet, there are those who bring up what others did before they were saved to remind him or her, and everyone else of how they failed God in the past.
But let’s go back…. judge not, lest you be judged. Words that were whispered in private have made many Christians open targets! If the church doesn’t want to be judged in the area of slothfulness and gluttony, then let’s be the ones who lead the way out of this obesity epidemic.
I am convinced that when we, the church, begin losing those excess pounds and start getting into shape, non-believers will start asking how we did it.
And our response can be just this simple: I finally realized that my body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, that Jesus bought me with a price that cannot be calculated, and I am no longer my own but belong to Him. Once I realized this great truth, I decided to do the work necessary to for my body to be the absolute best representation of the One who lives within me.
Do you not know that your body is the temple (the very sanctuary) of the Holy Spirit Who lives within you, Whom you have received [as a Gift] from God? You are not your own, You were bought with a price [purchased with a preciousness and paid for, made His own]. So then, honor God and bring glory to Him in your body. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20