Food has been with us since the start of time. God creates Adam and Eve and then they bicker over fruit from a tree. We see from Scripture—like all other sins—gluttony kills. In this post, I’ll examine the sin of gluttony, how it plays out as a dad and how you can eliminate it.
We wrote an entire book 7 Deadly Sins of a Disengaged Dad eBook because there’s a lot to cover for each sin. More than we can cram into a series of blog posts. But for now, let’s look at gluttony.
What is gluttony?
Gluttony is the over-indulgence and over-consumption of food, drink or wealth items. There’s a bigger idea at play here. There’s a desire for more, not unlike greed, that cannot be quench. The sin of gluttony has variations. But, the point is, food is a god for you. Small “g”.
How does it show up in a dad’s life?
The disengaged dad says: “Are you gonna eat that?”
The disengaged dad is gluttonous. Let us be clear. We’re not talking about those with food allergies or other medical conditions. Please read with that in mind.
What does gluttony look like for the disengaged dad?
Maybe you don’t eat enough, maybe you eat too much, or maybe you don’t eat the right food for you to be healthy. With the disengaged dad, his kids see an unhealthy relationship with food.
It’s tough to talk about, but another way it rears its ugly head is in our weight. Again, beyond allergies and medications or other medical conditions, if your weight is obese or morbidly obese, this is your sign that the sin of gluttony is present. No one told me this for years. I had to learn it from my doctor.
In 2013, God convicted me of the sin of gluttony. He used a Christian doctor named Augustine.