The Sin of Intemperance

All good things can be abused and become that which entangles us. We tend to focus on those things which pose obvious dangers, like alcohol. But we must beware of those things which are likely to trip us up, not just those things we know cause others to fall. One of the great sins which goes unaddressed in Christian circles is intemperance. Intemperance is essentially overindulgence; the absence of self-control. We like to give ourselves, or even some others, a pass if the sin of intemperance doesn't look so bad. But I agree with C.S. Lewis when he said,

A man who makes his golf or his motor-bicycle the centre of his life, or a woman who devotes all her thoughts to clothes or bridge or her dog, is being just as "intemperate" as someone who gets drunk every evening. Of course, it does not show on the outside so easily: bridge-mania or golf-mania do not make you fall down in the middle of the road. But God is not deceived by externals.

C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

Lewis has some great thoughts on temperance in Mere Christianity. I posted another bit from the same chapter back in 2005. You can read it here.

We are talking about the sin of intemperance and the satisfaction found in Jesus tomorrow at Redeemer Fellowship. May God leads us all to find a fullness in the Son that the world cannot match.