One of the things that I see is large bellies. Mine included. In the old days, gluttony was a sin. The amount of physical work even pencil necked geeks such as me had was much greater than now: at high school, like most people, I cycled or walked to school. The idea that my parents would drop me there — so current now — was unthinkable.
And without screens we played for hours.
Sunday was indeed a day of rest. All things closed but petrol stations and dairies. (Bodegas). Only those in emergency services worked.
Being divorced was shameful, as was not working.
All this we have lost, for we have believed the pretty lies of those who against the gospel. We worship our belly and loins: we celebrate lust and gluttony.
And then wonder why we are sick, fat and the social diseases are now resistant to most antibiotics and antivirals.
3:17Brothers and sisters, join in imitating me, and observe those who live according to the example you have in us. 18For many live as enemies of the cross of Christ; I have often told you of them, and now I tell you even with tears. 19Their end is destruction; their god is the belly; and their glory is in their shame; their minds are set on earthly things. 20But our citizenship is in heaven, and it is from there that we are expecting a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. 21He will transform the body of our humiliation that it may be conformed to the body of his glory, by the power that also enables him to make all things subject to himself.
4:1Therefore, my brothers and sisters, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, my beloved.
2I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. 3Yes, and I ask you also, my loyal companion, help these women, for they have struggled beside me in the work of the gospel, together with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life.
4Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. 6Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
The theology of the body matters. Our bodies are going to be remade, true. They are broken: we get sick — I can bear wtiness that the current B influenza is a bastard, since I’ve spent the last three days basically in bed. But we must not let our desires rule us.
In this fallen time, gluttony is as common than lust, for we are atomized, and aspire to be otaku or cat ladies.
This is not what we should be. We should resolve the conflicts we have within the church and support each other. Let the pagans wprship their feelings and desires. They consider these as greater than God.
But that is a delusion. Our belly can never be a God.