For dinner tonight my roommate Tim and I went to Home Town Buffet, also known as Country Buffet in other parts of the country(like Fort Collins). This place is a step above Western Sizzlin and just below any restaurant that is not a buffet, whatever that means.
What distinguishes a buffet from any other restaurant is the overwhelming amount of choice. Each section of the buffet is a different group of food. You got the ‘before the meal’ food, i.e. salad bar, soup and crackers. After the salad bar you have a gazillion options for the meal. Most people who are really hungry would take advantage that you can dirty multiple plates, unlike some places I know that force you to preserve your one plate if you want seconds. Meats, Mexican, Italian, American, European and Missouran food is arrayed in a sundry for you to eat. I happened to choose Mexican tonight and whoever invented fish, I ate that too.
Lastly, after 20 minutes, when you should be done eating and full; you go up for desert, which again, multiple choices. You can have ice cream, cookies(oatmeal, chocolate chip, sugar, snicker-doodle, exc ), and a variety of flavored cakes. While consuming mostly high calorie, over preserved food you are constantly drinking liquids, either soda, juice, milk (white, chocolate, fat-free, skim, 2 %, organic and Soy). The meal comes to an end and for the next three hours you tell yourself, ‘I wish I wouldn’t have taken advantage of all those choices, I ate way to much.’
As we are consumed with options of how to flesh out in our society. Of course, we have to eat and buffets are not the devil. I realize that my flesh is always hungry for a buffet, it is always hungry for a variety of choices for whatever I may be feeling in the moment( those shots in the arm to numb the pain.) It is ridiculous the amount of choices we have to do whatever will satisfy our flesh.
I want to grow in the grace of God of how to exercise self-control in the midst of an overindulgent society.
Constable quotes this one guy about the flesh, he says, “Our flesh is characterized by lust, which stands for the strong, but sometimes evil, desires that are associated with bodily living.”
Bodily living is buffets, sleep, normal things that we have to do to function in life. We shouldn’t be a Gnostic that hates the fleshly things and everything of the world is evil. He says that the flesh is mostly that evil thing(the old man) that wants instant pleasure apart from God.
In conclusion, I am convinced that the way to overcome the buffet syndrome is not the denial of the options, but rather walking in the Spirit. Simply asking God to help you. No one knows our frame like Jesus, except for sinning, he was tempted with buffets too( you know, eating those huge meals with Tax Collectors).