Overcoming the Acceptable Christian Sin of Gluttony #37
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 1 Corinthians 10:7 which reads: “Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.”
Now, let’s look at gluttony and its effects in the news: According to CBS Boston, Do you ever have a hard time resisting temptation, like pizza or chocolate cake? A new study finds you may just be wired that way. Impulsivity, or responding without thinking about the consequences of an action, has been linked to excessive food intake, binge eating, weight gain, and obesity, along with several psychiatric disorders including drug addiction and excessive gambling. A team of researchers that includes a faculty member at the University of Georgia has now identified a specific circuit in the brain that alters food impulsivity, creating the possibility scientists can someday develop therapeutics to address overeating. The team’s findings were published recently in the journal Nature Communications. Emily Noble, an assistant professor in the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences who served as lead author on the paper, said: “There’s underlying physiology in your brain that is regulating your capacity to say no to (impulsive eating). In experimental models, you can activate that circuitry and get a specific behavioral response.” To test impulsivity, researchers trained rats to press a lever to receive a “delicious, high-fat, high-sugar” pellet, Noble said. However, the rat had to wait 20 seconds between lever presses. If the rat pressed the lever too soon, it had to wait an additional 20 seconds. Results indicated MCH doesn’t affect how much the animals liked the food or how hard they were willing to work for the food. Rather, the circuit acted on the animals’ inhibitory control, or their ability to stop themselves from trying to get the food. Noble said: “Activating this specific pathway of MCH neurons increased impulsive behavior without affecting normal eating for caloric need or motivation to consume delicious food. Understanding that this circuit, which selectively affects food impulsivity, exists opens the door to the possibility that one day we might be able to develop therapeutics for overeating that help people stick to a diet without reducing normal appetite or making delicious foods less delicious.”
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: No Refined Foods:
Americans now spend about 90 percent of their food budget on refined foods. As a result of processing foods, the natural flavor is destroyed and has to be replaced with chemical additives. In fact, the heart of food flavor in America does not come from natural foods at all, but the refineries and chemical plants that dot an industrial corridor along the New Jersey turnpike.
Chemical flavoring not only accounts for the flavor in refined foods, but also in most of the meat Americans consume. Eric Schlosser documents this flavoring via chemistry with the following account:
“After closing my eyes, I suddenly smelled a grilled hamburger. The aroma was uncanny, almost miraculous. It smelled like someone in the room was flipping burgers on a hot grill. But when I opened my eyes, there was just a narrow strip of white paper [under my nose] and a smiling flavorist.”
Ninety percent of the money Americans shell out for food buys a mix of chemistry and fiber-less, processed foodstuffs devoid of any real nutritional merit. This is how removed we have become from real food. We have not only lost our taste for real food, but we’ve come to prefer the taste of chemicals.
If that wasn’t bad enough, 75 percent of all refined foods – from sodas to soups – contain genetically engineered ingredients.
As opposed to the simple carbohydrates found in refined foods, complex carbohydrates are found in natural, whole foods, such as whole grains, vegetables and fruits. These are the good carbohydrates that keep your blood sugar level on an even keel, promote health and keep you feeling full longer because they contain their natural fiber and all the nutrients nature gave them.
We will continue looking at this topic in our next podcast.
— 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.