Saturday, April 15, 2006

Blogging and Gluttony

I ran into my pastor (and friend) Rob at church. His comment? He was a lot more creative than this but "It has been a long time since you have posted!"

After making excuses about how crazy things have been since my family returned from vacation, I had the chance to really think about why! Gluttony.

On the "7 Deadly Sins" page, gluttony is defined. They say "Gluttony is an inordinate desire to consume more than that which one requires". Normally we think about this in terms of food but in my case, it has been in information.

With all the talk of knowledge being power, I HAVE BEEN AN INFORMATION GLUTTON. Not just good information, I have been trying to catch up on podcasts, tv shows, blogs forums. All my sources of information that I filter through during the week. I HAVE BEEN TO BUSY TAKING IN INFORMATION TO GIVE BACK! On this Blog or elsewhere!

So what is wrong with Gluttony? In my opinion, it is that we are not giving back and are hoarding resources!

What about gluttony around us? America is full of gluttony, in fact, we are a society of gluttons. We are materialistic, selfish, ungiving, overweight (at least the media tells me that but I DO resemble that remark).

We are also spiritual gluttons. Take statistics for what they are worth but my understanding is that in a typical church, 20% of the people do 80% of the work. If that is correct, that holds not only with service but with giving of offerings as well. I know that to maintain my relationship with Jesus, I have to listen to what he has to say which can be done by reading what he says in the Bible but I think even this can be taken too far. When we are so busy learning, reading, taking classes that you don't have the time to give back, you are a spiritual glutton. (Matt 20:26)

As I get back into a normal routine again, I will try not to be an information glutton and post here more often.

1 comment:

Rob said...

Hey Joel,

This is great insight. When I think of gluttony, I usually don't think of information. However, I too struggle with trying to "know" everything and be aware of new trends, works, etc...

The answer to gluttony is always generosity.

Nice to have you back posting. Thanks for making me think.