I know I may not be your favorite person. And I know that my thoughts and opinions are not always the most popular...but they are mine. Yes I am participating in Lent. No I am not doing it because I feel like I have to in order to be saved or to be a good Christian. No I am not worshiping an idol or a false god while I am participating in Lent. Lent to me is Lent. It's a time of the year when people give something up...some for a good reason and some because they feel they have to.
Me...well it's something God wanted me to do. Recently a large argument broke out on my facebook after my last blog posted. Some where not so thrilled with me taking part in Lent and others backed me up. I quoted this verse:
1 Cor 8:4-6
So then, about eating food sacrificed to idols: We know that "An idol is nothing at all in the world" and that "There is no God but one." For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as indeed are many "gods" and many "lords"), yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live.
So like this verse. I know that is only one God. I know that there have been times when Lent was not used in the proper way. That it started as a pagan holiday. I think there are still some who participate in it for the wrong reasons. But let me make it clear. I am doing what God has asked of me...not some dead false god. What I do in my life I do for the glory of God. To see His name praised and lifted high.
Also my motives were questioned a bit. I spent some time talking with my husband about it, and I feel as if I can share this. In Matthew 6 it does talk about keeping fasting between you and God. I feel like the majority of what Christ was saying was that we should be walking around trying to get sympathy for our fasting. My point in the blogs I am writing is not to bring light to my fasting...that is never my main point of my blog. Yes I did mention it since Lent is kind of the season of fasting I suppose people would also know that if I am participating then I am probably fasting something. Anyway...my point of my blogs is to bring awareness. To make people think. To ask the questions that people don't always want to ask, and most people don't want to answer. My point in my blogs is to encourage people to listen to God's voice. Grow closer to God. That your relationship with God is #1. I never want the attention for myself.
1 Cor 10:31
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.