Have a sacred Ash Wednesday

Bust out the fish sticks. Bake some extra-cheese pizzas. It’s Lent.

I’m giving up carbonated beverages of any sort this year. No Coca-Cola, no Pepsi, none of it.

What are you giving up, if anything?

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6 Responses to Have a sacred Ash Wednesday

  1. I do not give up anything. The practice of “giving up ” something for Lent seems to be a strange way of expressing a faith thing. Christ told us to give up ourselves…totally and turn our lives over t o His guidance that we are to trust Him comepletely. It seems like doing things to earn one’s way to heaven which some faiths do believe they have to do but the word of God says that our salvation is through Christ…..”For by grace you are saved AND THIS IS NOT YOUR OWN DOING…..it is a gift of God.” Ephesians 2:8
    I do not have to give up anything or do any man-made works.

    • I think that’s an excellent comment, even though I don’t totally agree with all of it.

      I like the act of giving something up. It’s not something you have to do to get to heaven, but rather something that helps you forget the things that distract you from the path to heaven. If you don’t want to do it, that’s cool.

      I wrestle with the faith/good deeds argument a lot. It’s not that I doubt the value of faith in Christ, but that I just can’t see how someone who has faith in Christ could look at the world and not be moved to take action to lessen suffering and help others. I think the deeds are a symptom of faith in God, or perhaps also a way of discovering faith. But these are all really, really big questions that I can’t answer with any certainty yet.

  2. blake says:

    I hope you plan on giving up beer and champagne as well, they’re carbonated – albeit naturally in most cases. I also was a bit taken aback by your suggestion that Catholics should eat fish sticks. Fish sticks are bottom-barrel food. I would hope you know that the practice in eating fish during Lent originated due to the Catholic church’s deep involvement and ownership in fish trade and stock. In this way, they would manipulate the market and produce a revenue stream for the church to carry out their affairs. Quite genius, and corrupt, just like lots of other things they have done (indulgences, wars, lack of birth control, inappropriate child relationships, exclusion of women in church practice, etc.).

    It is well known that the practice of giving something up for Lent is arbitrary and unnecessary, especially in modern day. Those who do are certainly not on a pedestal of any sort, either, and perhaps are more blind and uncomfortable in their faith than those who don’t.

  3. Anna says:

    I’m giving up reading blogs. Heh, heh, just kidding!

  4. blake says:

    Thanks for posting my comment. I noticed you didn’t approve it the first time. It’s ok for people to disagree, Logan.

  5. This year, I’m going to continue to give up god for lent. And boy It feels good.