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Congregational Development and Revitalization | Lent Week Three: Gluttony: Where's the Beef

Sermon 3/3/18 Lent 3

Title: Breaking Bad Habits- “Gluttony: Where’s the Beef”

Possible Opening: Dennis Okholm, Dangerous Passions (Inter-Varsity Press, 2014), pp. 12-13

 

According to the USDA, between ages twenty and fifty the average person spends about 28,000 hours eating—over 1160 days. Our daily schedules are often planned around mealtimes. Business deals are cut among people who "do" lunch together. Foods have been adapted to every aspect of our popular culture: we have TV dinners, car drive-up windows, and ballgame tailgate parties.

 

Each day anywhere from 45 to 125 million Americans are dieting (statistics vary depending on sources). At the time he published his book Fast Food Nation in 2001, Eric Schlosser stated that the annual health care costs in the US stemming from obesity approached $240 billion while Americans spent more than $35 billion on weight loss schemes and diet products. In 2010 the dietary industry earned $60.9 billion.

 

Opening Point: We are consumed with food, either we are overeating or we are on a diet to not consume.  The Bad Habit of Gluttony has been reduced to “overeating” and therefor we either give into it or we judge other people for being “overweight” and therefore gluttons.  Jesus and his followers were accused of gluttony because they didn’t follow strict fasting laws.

 

1 Corinthians 11:17-34

 

Background:  Often we read this passages as instructions as how to approach communion, but it is actually written to correct how the Corinthians were eating together.  Notice some were arriving and eating while others were going without.  Paul uses The Lord’s Supper to teach them how they ought to come together and eat.  And… how we can overcome the bad habit of gluttony.

 

  1. Part of gluttony is overeating.  Our body requires food for nutrients so we were created to enjoy food in order to eat and stay alive.  Gluttony is simply eating far more than what our body needs to survive thus causing us to be unhealthy. (Paul… eat only what you need)

 

 

  1. Gluttony is far more than just what we are eating.  It is the obsession with food itself.  We can be skinny carb and calorie counters and be just as obsessed with food as those who overeat.  It is the obsession that is the bad habit.

 

 

  1. Gluttony represents our compulsive behavior.  We indulge to meet a need, but then realize it doesn’t actually get met with food.  When we can have the disciple to not give in to food compulsions it teaches us how to not give in to other compulsions and to find our needs met in the love of God.  

 

 

 

Possible Illustration: “Where’s the Beef”

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ug75diEyiA0

 

 

Possible Sermon Illustration: Dog Lucky to be Alive After Eating Seven Golf Balls, East Grinstead Courier (12-12-13)

 

A dog named Wilson was left feeling under par, after gobbling up a staggering seven golf balls. Owner Tim Norris rushed Wilson to the vet thinking his pet had swallowed a single ball at Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Club. But an X-ray revealed that Wilson, a chocolate Labrador, had actually swallowed seven balls.

 

"Our dog walker let Wilson off the lead," Norris said, "and we think he must have found a basket full of practice balls somewhere near the golf club. He probably thought they were dog biscuits." But when they rushed Wilson to the vet they were shocked to discover that he'd eaten seven golf balls. Norris added, "Chocolate Labradors are incredibly greedy dogs and Wilson is no different. They will eat anything they think is food. I have since bought a muzzle for him, because at 18 months he still has a lot to learn." Wilson underwent an exploratory operation at Forest Lodge to remove the golf balls (a golfballectomy?).

 

According to Karen Belcher, the head veterinary nurse, said, "I don't know whether the golf balls were covered in something that seemed tasty, but to eat seven he must have liked them." Belcher explained that one more ball could have ruptured Wilson's stomach and killed the dog. "Seven balls was probably the limit for him," she said.

Wilson was released from the vets' office the day after surgery and has since made a speedy recovery—though he's still in the doghouse.

 

Possible Illustration: Rene Lynch, "Heart Attack Grill Strikes Again? Owner Calls Diners 'Risk Takers,'" Los Angeles Times

 

Consider the foolhardy risk takers at the famous Heart Attack Grill in Las Vegas. This restaurant, known for its "flatliner fries" cooked in pure lard, butterfat shakes, no-filter cigarettes, and the "triple bypass burger," appears to be living up to its reputation. The restaurant's most recent victim, a woman, was eating a "double bypass burger" lathered in cheese and bacon and smoking cigarettes when she collapsed and was taken to the hospital where she is currently recovering.

Owner Jon Basso said that he wishes the customer a swift and full recovery. But, he added, the woman got exactly what she asked for: a brush with death.

 

"We attract … thrill seekers [and] risk takers," he told the Los Angeles Times, adding that his restaurant is a "bad for you but fun" restaurant that "attracts people who don't really take good care of their health."

The Quadruple Bypass Burger can top 10,000 calories. Basso said the Guinness World Records book contacted him Friday to say that the burger was being crowned the most caloric sandwich on Earth.

The restaurant also offers free meals to people weighing more than 350 pounds.

"I tell you," said Basso, "we attract that very bleeding edge, the avant-garde of risk takers."

Read about Lent Week Three: Gluttony: Where's the Beef in this story from The Call

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