Mar8TueMarch 8, 2022
From PT’s desk
Lent: What is it?
Lent is the period from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday, duration of 40 days. It’s 46 days if you include Sundays. We just need to sort out the math issue here. The idea is to replicate Jesus’ 40 days in the desert.
This is not a practice that Baptists traditionally embrace. For the record, I’m a Baptist minister. Lent is primarily observed by Roman Catholics, United, Anglicans and other Orthodox denominations. A high degree of importance and symbolism makes this observance meaningful.
Lent is seen as the season of reflection, preparation, and self-discipline.
The participants decide what they want to give up, such as caffeine, a particular food, a bad habit, etc.
This is not a slight against my friends who observe Lent, there are elements of this practice we would do well to consider.
My experience is this, some believe denying yourself certain things for Lent is a way to attain God’s blessing. The Bible teaches that grace cannot be earned, grace is a gift from God.
Giving up things that are a potential barrier between us and God is an excellent idea. God is pleased when we repent of our sinful habits and seek Him, desperately.
There is nothing wrong with setting aside time to reflect, repent and focus on the saving act of Jesus, his death and resurrection.
Let me add, repentance of our sin is something we ought to do every day of the year, not just the 40 or 46 days leading up to Easter.