Nothing Sexy About Lent…

Santa Claus and that damn Easter Bunny…The Hallmarkization (?) of Christianity is nauseating. Everything apparently has to be so sexy nowadays. That’s why Lent is kinda cool. We started our Lent Journey today with a little Ash Wednesday get together. It was so awesome. Simple, silent, a little somber, sad maybe, it’s hard to prepare to take inventory of our hearts. We will have deep conversation about things like jealousy, pride and selfishness. That’s not easy. But necessary, our own selfishness can seriously affect our own neighborhoods and the world. Our own personal sin is not only a personal, individual issue but a much greater more complex issue. We cannot just simply point out into the world and scream and yell about the injustice we find there without confronting injustice of our own doing.

I hope we can bring this to our own front door so to speak. I am looking forward to talk about this with our teens. What’s the point of getting all upset about children being mistreated in Africa if we participate in mistreating fellow students at the school we go to? What’s the point of pointing fingers at the selfishness of others without confronting our own selfishness? What’s the point of accusing Conservative Evangelicals of all kinds of evil and wrong doings without confronting our own bigotry and shortsightedness? What’s the point of accusing large, seeker sensitive churches of watering down the gospel and being ran like businesses if our own churches and fellowships don’t reflect something different?

This will be part of our Lent. Not in a hopeless sense but in a hopeful shadow of Easter. It should be interesting…not sexy…but interesting

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~ by Rickard on February 6, 2008.

One Response to “Nothing Sexy About Lent…”

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