We passed a resolution on teen smoking at our last Convention, and others on the education of our children, the federal judiciary and even the Disney boycott (it's over in case anyone wasn't paying attention). I have never written up a resolution before, but I thought I would take a stab at one that has been entirely overlooked since our beginning in 1845. We have made dozens of resolutions encouraging abstinence from alcohol (not moderation), discouraging smoking, and illegal drug use often times pointing to the health problems related to such habits. But I couldn't find one resolution on gluttony in the past 160 years. So, I just threw this together as an example. How about something like this:
ON GLUTTONY AND SELF CONTROL
WHEREAS, One third of all American adults (well over 60 million) are obese; and
WHEREAS, 16% of American children (9 million) are overweight, and the percentage continues to increase (the numbers have tripled since 1980); and
WHEREAS, Obesity is now recognized as a major risk factor for coronary heart disease, which can lead to heart attack; and
WHEREAS, Gluttony is one of the causes of obesity; and
WHEREAS, The Bible condemns gluttony as a serious sin akin to drunkenness; and
WHEREAS, Gluttony is the abuse of God's gift of food to us; and
WHEREAS, Gluttony is the opposite of self control, a fruit of the Spirit; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That the messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in Greensboro, North Carolina, June 13-14, 2006, decry the lack of self control, and over-indulgence in eating throughout our culture and our churches; and be it further
RESOLVED, That we promote moderation in all of our eating, giving thanks to God.
Relevant Links http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/pressroom/04facts/obesity.htm http://www.nal.usda.gov/foodstamp/Topics/health_stats.html http://www.gnpcb.org/esv/search/?q=Proverbs+23%3A20-21
This is not a resolution against big people. The point here is not size, but self control/health. I wrote this because 1) I am troubled by the absence of a resolution confronting a sin that is clearly being indulged in our Convention and 2) I would like to see other meaningful resolutions passed, and think some of you Southern Baptists should put them together. What do you think the SBC should address: doctrinally, ethically, biblically? The deadline for resolutions is April 15th. Here's the link.
BTW, resolutons don't have to be benign or boring. Jonathan Edwards lived by 70 of them. His resolution #20: "Resolved, to maintain the strictest temperance in eating and drinking."