Lenten Midweek 3
March 23, 2011
Have you ever heard of a fast food restaurant called The Heart Attack Grill in Chandler, Arizona? They have a unique marketing plan. All of their waitresses are dressed in nurses’ outfits and they take your order on a prescription pad. The hamburgers are named the double, triple and quadruple bypass. Their largest burger meal checks in at 8,000 calories. Their motto is: “Food so bad for you it’s shocking!”
Gluttony, as you know, is one of the famous Seven Deadly Sins. We generally associate gluttony with food, but it can really apply to anything which you consume in excess. And all of us have this desire to consume more than we require. And while that can relate to food, it can relate to other things as well.
Here is one to think about. What about shopping? Obviously, we all need things. We need clothes and shoes and certain material goods. But I think we can also all agree that it is possible to go too far and slide into the sin of materialism, the belief that material goods will make you happy. And if we’re not careful, we can easily fall into consumer debt, as we have been talking about in our Financial Peace class on Sunday evenings.
Think about environmental resources. God has provided us with the trees and water and animals, land and air. And He wants us to develop these and use them for the common good. But how often do we misuse these gifts or waste them? That kind of over-consumption is a form of gluttony too.