I have recently come across an interesting thing called “Celebrate Recovery”. For those of you who attend a church, you might have something similar. It is a group of people working through their addictions and downfalls. Every kind of addiction; from drugs and alcohol to food and co-dependency. At first I felt awkward and shy. (Yeah, *I* wash shy!) I was nervous. This was a group of people I had never encountered before. I admit that at first, for a moment, Satan told me I was better than these people and we discussed it. “You are so much better than these people” he whispered “You have never done drugs or been a drunkard.” Then I reminded him and myself that all sins are the same. I shooed him off my shoulder and went on my way listening to the presentation. After singing hymns, talking about their step process and showing a testimony on the big screen, they had group time.
This is truly what made me want to come back. I heard stories from these lovely ladies. Stories about their drug addictions, alcohol addictions and even food addictions. I felt humbled and nervous. I felt silly sitting there with my “minor struggles” with sleeping too much, depression and my addiction to food and especially sweets. Again Satan and I had the same conversation but again I shooed him away knowing he was so very wrong.
Are all sins the same? Humans most certainly don’t act like it. Many people, unfortunately, accept some sins while turning their noses up at others or, worse, persecuting others for their struggles. Does God not say that we ALL have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God? (Romans 3:23-24)
22 This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
“There is no difference”, it says. So why have humans learned to accept gluttony, smoking, and even “minor” alcoholism but persecute those who struggle other things. I submit that perhaps the “other sins” are considered not only private – such as pornography – but also more negative. Some people, I think, believe these sins are more harmful to the sinner as well as those around them. But lets look at one of my struggles – obesity. Those of you who have seen me recently might laugh or chuckle or whatever because with all those clothes on I don’t look obese. But I do struggle with over eating and have been 220 lbs. at my largest, which is obese for my height and age.
Any way… I digress… how does obesity harm me? Well being obese, according to reliable studies, causes heart disease, arthritis, and a shorter life, among many other things. So it is very harmful to my body to over eat to the point of obesity.
How does my gluttony and obesity harm those around me? Well when I eat unhealthy I feel tired, so I sleep more and neglect my daily duties like doing the laundry, the dishes and keeping a clean house; which hardly teaches my children to keep their things clean. When I become obese or overweight I cannot perform as well as a mom. I don’t play actively with my kids. They want to play outside but I don’t “feel” like it because I truly feel ill.
So a “simple” sin like gluttony, which is easily and openly accepted in church groups (notice POT LUCKS) does harm not only the sinner but also those who love them.
Now let me distinguish here since I thought of it. I don’t believe it is being obese that is the sin. Some people struggle with losing weight or gaining weight and I understand that. The sin is gluttony – over eating and eating unhealthy foods, knowing that is it making you obese and unhealthy. When we know something is bad for us we should not do it. On the contrary, when we know something is good for us we should do it.
What is my point? I love Celebrate recovery because they allow you to share openly and honestly about your addictions without judgment or gossip. This is how I believe we as Christians should be. The Bible is very clear about this issue – sharing our sins without judgment, gossip or persecution. Note James 2:12-13
12 Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, 13 because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment!
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
There are many other verses I could site here but I will just leave you with this: have more patience and love toward one another and recognize that your struggles are not any better or worse than your friends, co-workers, loved ones and even strangers. We are all equal in the eyes of God. The only difference between you and someone else is possibly salvation, which is meant to be shared! So start lovin and start sharin!
Loads of love to y’all. I’ve missed blogging. My wordpress connection with facebook was screwed up but YAY I fixed it this morning. Praise God!!
So look forward to more of my ranting, raving and loving y’all!
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