Jonathan Edwards and Resolutions (20): Moderation
20. Resolved, to maintain the strictest temperance in eating and drinking.
If any resolution was relevant to us Americans it is this one. We are not people of moderation. We are materialistic. We are gluttons. We have no needs, only perceived wants. We go in tremendous amounts of debt to satisfy our every craving and desire. Moderation is such a foreign, ugly word for us. Christians and pagans alike eat and drink on every luxury past their very filling. Edwards however, sought to exhibit self-control. This is harder than meets the eye. A strict temperance is to cut oneself off before one reaches the cliff of indulgence.
Let me ask you, friend, do you feel your neediness for Jesus today? Or are you drunk on the gifts this world has to offer? Do you feel the weight of your depravity and your need for salvation? Or do you numb yourself to escape your conscience? Gluttony is a dangerous sin because it distracts us from what matters. Be careful dear friend and take watch lest you indulge yourself to the point that you forget your Maker.