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Interesting. This morning I found two articles posted at nearly the same exact time.
The first, by Nathan Finn, was entitled “Why I Observer Lent” Nathan writes:
I choose to observe Lent is because it affords me an opportunity to disengage a bit from the culture of what Tim Suttle calls satiation—“the absolute satisfaction of every human need to the point of excess.” As a relatively affluent American evangelical, at least compared to most believers in the world, I’m particularly prone to satiation. And the more I’m satiated, the easier it is for my affections to become dulled to the most important priorities—the kingdom priorities—that ought to animate my life. So, if you want to think about this way, I’m making an Edwardsean argument for my own Lenten observance. (Recognizing, of course, that Edwards himself would not have been a fan of Lent.) I want to unplug for awhile (metaphorically speaking) in order to redirect my affections towards the One whose infinite beauty and worth surpasses all the good, but fleeting pleasures of this life.
The second, by A Pilgrim’s Progress, says this:
I don’t observe/celebrate/take part in Lent because it’s not in the bible. It’s that simple.
Two different ranges on the spectrum, I guess.
Where are YOU on that spectrum?
I’d love to hear how you ‘do’ or ‘don’t do’ lent.
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