Lastly, but in no way least, is the sin of Gluttony. Over consumption, similar to Greed, Gluttony consists of taking more than your fair-share of resources. Maybe it's eating more than you require, perhaps it is living in a mansion with 23 bedrooms, owning a hundred acre estate along the coastline, having a stable of automobiles or having possessions that others would envy. Gluttony is expressed by achieving the American Dream, having more than the next guy. While we can only drive one car at a time, we can only sleep in one bedroom at night and we can only eat so much before making ourselves sick, having more than we need results in depriving others. While Congress can vote their own pay raises, regulate and legislate laws that favor big corporations and profit themselves personally, they deprive the needy of limited resources such as education, health-care, enjoyment of the commons, limit public services and reduce the power and authority of regulatory agencies to protect the common people. Biblical references to Gluttony paint it as something good; to paraphrase : for those who have, more will be given. For those who have-not even more will be taken away. Gluttony is totally a selfish concept, regardless of any biblical reference to the contrary.
So I must ask the burning question of those Christians in our political elite. Does getting down on one knee and asking Jesus for forgiveness really absolve you from your transgressions ? Does it bring back the lives of those killed in wars of aggression and Imperial expansion ? Does it repair the environmental damage done by profit-seeking multinational corporate greed ? Does it make adultery acceptable in the interest of serving your country ? Does it legitimize your greed, your anger, your gluttony, your pride, your envy, your sloth and your lust ?
The new Apple IPhone has an application which allows you to confess your sins to the infinite ether. Now you can immediately be absolved with the push of a button. Man has made another technical advance for the betterment of mankind, and you don't even need to get down on one knee.
Perhaps, someday there will be an application to remove the remnants of the Kundabuffer altogether and we can clearly function with "objective consciousness", but until that time, the elected and appointed elite have no legitimate right to claim themselves Christians. For now, they "see reality upside down".
It is just all to convenient .............