Has my over-indulgence been/will it be wrong? Is there a certain threshold of processed meat that can be freely consumed, however, once crossed results in sin, death, and condemnation?
Are you worried about whether or not your eating habits this month have “missed the mark?”
Before you count yourself a fat gluttonous American, consider Douglas Jones essay Worshipping with Body, Feasting on Food and Marriage from Angels in the Architecture: A Protestant Vision for Middle Earth.
I transcribed the opening paragraphs below, you can read the rest of the article here.
“We so often lead lives forgetful of the fact that our God is very shocking. Amidst all our fragile piety and devouring busyness, we have a Lord who steps in and commands us such things as, “Thou shalt bestow that money for whatsoever thy soul lusteth after, for oxen, or for sheep, or for wine, or for strong drink, or for whatsoever thy soul desireth: and thou shalt eat there before the Lord thy God, and thou shalt rejoice, thou, and thine household” (Deut. 14:26). Such unthriftiness. Such waste. Such gluttony. Such winebibbing. Such is a command of our holy God.”
“For some reason foreign to our modern ears, God tells us that celebration is central to pleasing him; it is central to leading a good life. Modern American life has no time for serious celebration as did life in centuries past. We’ve got work to do; projects and deadlines press us. And yet for our industrial-strength pragmatism, few if any truly important things get accomplished. We have forgotten that celebration isn’t just an option; it’s a call to full Christian living.”
I don’t think anyone should read this essay and find justification for stuffing their face; I don’t. However, it is excellent food for thought. There is always a “heart of the matter” behind our eating… maybe its sinful self-indulgence or maybe a person can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in their own toil (Ecclesiastes 2:24).