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Biblical Studies Journal Volume 4, Number 1
April 23, 2000
The Farce of Mardi Gras
A radio announcer, commenting on the advent of the Lenten
season, made the statement that "People will now have to repent of the
sins they committed during Mardi Gras." What a farce! "Mardi Gras," a French
expression meaning "Fat Tuesday," is the day before so-called "Ash Wednesday"
which begins a forty weekday period of time (Lent) before "Easter Sunday."
Versus The Bible
If anyone has an idea that these things have their origin
in the Bible, he can forget it! This is man-made stuff. Can you imagine
the God of heaven giving men a special day to "live it up," "sin up a storm,"
knowing that the next day begins a period of penitence? The idea has its
origin in the false concept that God gives us a little indulgence to sin,
a little "free time" just before we go through the business of being "sorry"
that we did it. It is difficult to conceive of a more ludicrous doctrine
when one begins to examine God's plan for our lives.
God's plan of penitence suggests a "change of the mind" (Romans
12:2) It calls for an individual to change his very heart and to look
upon sin as being repugnant to all that is clean and righteous and pure.
God's plan gives no place to that kind of thinking which would make a joke
out of righteousness. When men truly "repent" of their sins, as the Bible
speaks of repentance (Acts
2:38), there is the thought that they don't want to sin -- the desire
to sin has to be crucified (Romans
Paul spoke of that former life as one in which men were truly
"the servants of sin." But he said that "when ye were the servants of sin,
ye were free from righteousness."
6:16-22) It's a matter of choice -- indeed you can choose to be a "servant
of sin," but in so doing you are "free from righteousness." To be a "righteous"
person is not picking a certain Tuesday of the year to "do your sinning,"
with the idea that on Wednesday you can "repent." The righteousness approved
by God is that which seeks to live "taking up the cross daily," (Luke
9:23) which seeks to serve Him with all of the heart.
- Gene Carrell
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