Is Mardi Gras Beneficial? {The Daily Dash: March 5, 2019}

by brenna

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Allow me some time for my yearly rant…

Is Mardi Gras Beneficial? {The Daily Dash: March 5, 2019}

IN THE NEWS:

* Batchelor fence jump lived up to the hype; fans left stunned
* Kylie Jenner becomes world’s youngest self-made billionaire (was Mark Zuckerberg)
* Will Smith cast to play father of Venus & Serena Williams in upcoming movie
* Karl Lagerfeld’s final Chanel collection walked the runway
* Mardi Grad/Fat Tuesday

IN THE WORD:

If what we call love doesn’t take us beyond ourselves, it’s not really love. ~ Oswald Chambers

IN MY LIFE:

I’m not going to spend too long on this topic, but I have a hard time letting Mardi Gras (aka “Fat Tuesday” as it’s translated from the French) pass by each year without sharing at least a few thoughts.

Yes, I’ve been to Mardi Gras when I was in college and I’m not proud of it. Now here is where I know many of my friends – especially those who grew up in Louisiana – will interrupt me to say there are many wonderful family activities that go on during this time. I’m sure that’s true. However, all I can do is live from my experiences. And when it comes to Mardi Gras, those aren’t great.

Even if you’re not planning to go to New Orleans for the festivities, the concept hurts me a little bit. For those of you that don’t know the history, it’s basically the idea of eating/sinning as much as we can on the day before we give up everything (Ash Wednesday) for Lent (the six weeks leading up to Easter).

This is not meant to be a religious rant or legalistic law. Rather, I think of Romans 6:1-14 that starts out with, “What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase?”

Later, 1 Corinthians goes on to explain that while everything may be “permissible” in the new covenant under Christ, not everything is “beneficial”.

So whatever you do today and however you celebrate these next few weeks (if at all), I just ask you to think about whether what you are doing is beneficial: for you, for your family, and for the greater community. If your answer is yes, wonderful! But if it gives you pause, then I’d challenge you to reconsider why you do what you do.

PRAYER FOCUS: Tactful
May we each exhibit skill in doing or saying exactly what is required of us.

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