Jonathan Edwards and Resolutions (40): Eat and Drink to the Glory of God
40. Resolved, to inquire every night, before I go to bed, whether I have acted in the best way I possibly could, with respect to eating and drinking. Jan. 7, 1723.
We are to eat and drink to the glory of God because Christ is risen. We must avoid the pitfalls of gluttony and asceticism. Gluttony is a sinful overindulgence of those good gifts from God of eating and drinking. In American culture, we are marked by our gluttony. Obesity, alcoholism are real issues that must be repented of from the pulpit down to the pew.
The course correction, however, is not asceticism. Asceticism is severe self-discipline that is no godly good. It is a godless fasting. Actually, it makes fasting its god.
The way out is moderation. Everything is good in moderation if done with thankfulness to God in the heart. With our food, with our drink, we acknowledge our gracious God who is the giver of all things good and we eat and drink in fellowship with friends and family for the glory of God and the expansion of His Kingdom.
So eat and drink well dear friend and do so as an act of worship to our Savior who is not dead, but is risen.