Traditional Lent started centuries ago when man thought that he had to prepare himself for the death and resurrection commemoration of Jesus Christ. It’s as if he had to prepare his own body for death.
Today Lent is part of many “high church” holy days respected as a religious tradition. It’s a tradition because it is not a ritual nor a sacrament found in scriptures. Many people view it as a self denial gratification process that makes them feel better about themselves. People give up various things in their lives during this season as if it gets them in a better position with God.
Now here is where information is so vital to those who want to give up something. Let me explain.
The purpose of Jesus Christ was to fulfill a legal requirement that God demanded when man fell from Grace. Jesus was the only one who could take mankind’s place in death and satisfy this penalty. He gave up everything for mankind; glory, power and honor. The scriptures say that Jesus became poor for our sakes that we might become rich.
When someone gives up something for us, we don’t have to give it up again. That’s redundancy.
While giving up something for Lent might seem worthy, righteous, noble or religious, it really is only good for the individual; nothing else. I’m not being sacrilegious here or disrespectful to those who observe it, but it doesn’t gain you any “brownie points” with God at all. It’s all tradition based on man’s self sacrificing attitude that somehow this might make him look good in God’s eyes. That’s all.
Now what you might like to do is observe a 40 day season of communion. This is where you, during the traditional Lent season, take personal communion everyday either alone or with family or friends, remembering what Jesus did for you on the cross and celebrate what has been given to you as a result of His death, burial and resurrection.
What He gave up for us, we receive in blessings of salvation, healing and eternal life. We don’t have to give up chocolate (one of my weaknesses) soft drinks, pork (I love sausage biscuits) or anything else for that matter. He didn’t demand us to give up anything, except to follow Him.
So instead of giving up anything for Lent, just give up Lent. You’ll feel better as you celebrate the goodness of God and still enjoy that which you have, maybe by tradition, given up something you really didn’t want to in the first place.
Now let’s all meet at Hardees for breakfast followed up with a trip to Godiva.
That’s what I think about it.