“Luke just finished a 10 lb burrito!” exclaimed his friend Colin rushing back from one of our local Mexican restaurants.
Gluttony: to gulp down or swallow; a serious failure in self-discipline. Always the words you want to start the semester with.
I work with two campuses that have the same problem in opposite directions. Campus A is a denominational school that requires chapel twice a week, often bonus chapels, has only one strong Christian organization that many attend, and service opportunities around the school.
Campus B is a highly academic institution in which 95% of those that apply to grad school receive admission. Everyone is focused on the future so being in as many campus organizations and career societies as possible is the goal to further those future goals. The busier one’s schedule, the more prestigious the student, and therefore the Red Badge of Courage is a full calendar.
Campus A has a gluttony of Christian activities. Because of that, we struggle with students who want to be involved in a local church. They desire to come, but would rather come to be ‘refreshed and reenergized’ or ‘sit and soak’ than participate in the body of Christ. They have a consumer mindset rather than owner. They fail to commit to activities because they have probably done something like it before. The gluttony of churchy stuff is their deadly sin.
Campus B is loyal to attend, but when you mention a service project, Bible study, outreach event, they do not have time to commit to something else. Even though they cry out for service projects to change their community and world, they fail to commit because of over-committed. The demands of school become their deadly sin.
One group is apathetic because they have been exposed to too much of it, one group is apathetic because it doesn’t fit into their life goal.
What are some practical steps that you have utilized to overcome the gluttony of religious things or the gluttony of an academic institution?