Diamond Jim Brady, a character in American life a few generations ago, was said to have loved food so much, his stomach was six times the size of a normal belly.
Now, that, is a glutton!
How ironic that the season during which we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus provides us the perfect excuse to over-indulge.
Like the megalopolis that now stretches from Washington to Boston or from Dallas to Fort Worth, this eating holiday dominates our calendar from Thanksgiving to New Year’s.
Walk through any modern large-box store, and study the edibles they’re offering during this season. It’s not just turkey and dressing and yams and egg nog any longer. It’s chocolates like you would not believe, in every kind of assortment and combination. It’s cookies and cakes and pies coming out your ears. Books pour off the shelves telling homemakers of new recipes for the latest taste sensations for these holidays. Restaurants offer special smorgasbords for the holidays with prices approaching $100 per person.
The wonder is that Americans are not all 400 pounds.
What’s that? We are? Well, far too many of us are overweight.
What position should the disciple of the Lord Jesus take regarding this little crime-against-one’s-body we call gluttony?