“Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s." 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Hopefully that is enough of a text to convict you one way or another and you can stop reading. But if you feel like you need more, here are some verses that I found that I have never seen in this light before.
“But Israel soon became fat and unruly; the people grew heavy, plump, and stuffed! Then they abandoned the God who had made them; they made light of the Rock of their salvation.” Deuteronomy 32:15
That doesn’t sound like a positive description to me. Interesting how fatness and unruliness go hand in hand here. And I wonder if the lack of self-control is what led to them making light of God?
"For I have told you often before, and I say it again with tears in my eyes, that there are many whose conduct shows they are really enemies of the cross of Christ. They are headed for destruction. Their god is their appetite, they brag about shameful things, and they think only about this life here on earth.” Philippians 3:18-19
If your god is your appetite, meaning that you are a slave to food or any other substance, you are an enemy of the cross. And it is serious enough for Paul (the author) to have tears in his eyes as he told them. Yikes.
“The parents must say to the elders, ‘This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious and refuses to obey. He is a glutton and a drunkard.’ Deuteronomy 21:20
Know what the next verse says? That they took the son out and stoned him to death. Yeah, I’m pretty glad we aren’t under the old law anymore!
“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 23:20-21
Hmm. Sounds kind of like, “I spend too much money on food” or “I ate too much, now I need a nap.”
“Now the Lord sent a wind that brought quail from the sea and let them fall all around the camp. For miles in every direction there were quail flying about three feet above the ground. So the people went out and caught quail all that day and throughout the night and all the next day, too. No one gathered less than fifty bushels! They spread the quail all around the camp to dry. But while they were gorging themselves on the meat—while it was still in their mouths—the anger of the Lord blazed against the people, and he struck them with a severe plague. So that place was called Kibroth-hattaavah (which means “graves of gluttony”) because there they buried the people who had craved meat from Egypt.” Numbers 11:31-34
God provided meat for his people. They took more than what they needed and hoarded it. This made God so angry that he struck them all with a deadly plague while they still were eating. And to make it even more poignant, they were buried in a place called the Graves of Gluttony. Not the most honorable sounding death.
After reading some of those Bible verses, here is what I think.
Is having a lack of self-control a sin? Yes.
Is being a glutton a sin? Yes
Is having your thoughts preoccupied with food all of the time a sin? Yes
Is being overweight often a symptom of those sinful behaviors? Yes.
If you are overweight, am I calling YOU a sinner? No, and I don’t think it’s fair for anyone else to either. Look at your own heart, your own circumstances, your own physical health and make the determination within yourself.