Are you Christian cool? Have you joined the lastest fad in Christianity? If so, this blog is for you. If not, maybe this post will spur you towards more Christian excellence as you deepen your walk with Christ.
As I begin this blog post with a little jest, I am truly pondering the idea of a Lenten fad. Like I posted earlier, this is my first year participating in Lent. I will admit that two hours into it, I nearly cried as I poured Emma a bowl of MY favorite cereal. I was immediately grieved that my flesh could be so weak. David and I have been discussing Lent and its meaning a lot over the past few days. Part of that is being the wife of a pastor, the other part is that I am truly intrigued by this journey.
Our conversations lately have been about what it means to deny our body of some type of food that brings us enjoyment so that we are reminded of need for a resurrected Savior and the hope that Easter brings. We have spoken with friends and church members about what they have decided to give up like chocolate, sodas, sweets, meats. This year seems to have a real hype about Lent. Even a Burger King sign read, "Lent special, 2 fish for $2."
It is wonderful that we have decided to do a Lenten fast, however, if we are not taking up spiritual disciplines in its place we are simply skipping meals. We will become merely an anorexic body of Christ, instead of a Bible believing, faith sharing, loving people. This is a time in our Christian faith were we press into the heart of Christ so that we may know Him and may be fully known. Lent is a time of sorrow as we repent from our sins, but it is not a time to solely sit and waller in the ash pile. Fasting without incorporating prayer, scripture reading, worship, fellowship is powerless and of little use. My prayer for this season of David's and my life is that we really begin to believe the things that we say and we make the spiritual disciplines (tithing, pilgrimage, fasting, prayer, Scripture reading) a daily part of lives more than just during Lent. If all of the Christians during Lent truly sought the Lord, then we would be a powerful force that Satan could not reckoned with. My prayer is that this is the year that Christians through down the fads and seek His face!