Today is Fat Tuesday 2014

Today is Fat Tuesday. Why does that sound like a missing Addams Family child?

I never fully understood the need for Fat Tuesday and Mardi Gras, or as Teresa reminded me it’s Fasnachts day, to which I replied “What’s Fraschnatchsneraster’s day?” I guess it’s PA Dutch or Amish for donuts. Apparently in Lancaster the Amish would use up the lard and sugar before Lent. Now I am not sure about you but even Lent doesn’t make sense to me. Why is there cycles of bingeing and purging at all? Basically, Margi Gras has something to do with the need to let out your wild side before you have to reign it in for a religious holiday?

Romans 14:5 One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind.

So go crazy so you can be pious later?

Isaiah 22:13 But instead, joy and gladness, Slaying oxen and killing sheep, Eating meat and drinking wine: ” Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!”

I like donuts and I actually like New Orleans. However I can’t say as I have ever been to a Mardi Gras celebration other than witnessing the little ceiling float parade at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas, and somehow I don’t think that one qualifies.

So if people act crazy before Ash Wednesday it means that this is an extension of the religious practice of Lent. To this I really must say “WHAT?” Where in the Bible does it say we are to binge on foods and pleasures and then deny ourselves for God? Is not every day a blessing and every trial and lesson? So why then set apart times not of God for God …and man? Wouldn’t it just be better to walk the straight and narrow path and not sway so far into the extremes?

Joshua 1:7 Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go.

Doesn’t life and each day already present its own share of problems and blessings?

Matthew 6:34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Extremes are not the middle path to righteousness. Each extreme leads only to a dead end, only in balance of truth do we find the narrow gate. Overly righteous and overly foolish all lead to a path in the wilderness apart from the salvation of truth and only the wise know the way of balance.

Ecclesiastes 7:14-18
14 In the day of prosperity be joyful, But in the day of adversity consider: Surely God has appointed the one as well as the other, So that man can find out nothing that will come after him.
15 I have seen everything in my days of vanity: There is a just man who perishes in his righteousness, And there is a wicked man who prolongs life in his wickedness.
16 Do not be overly righteous, Nor be overly wise: Why should you destroy yourself?
17 Do not be overly wicked, Nor be foolish: Why should you die before your time?
18 It is good that you grasp this, And also not remove your hand from the other; For he who fears God will escape them all.

Mmm donutsSo why not see each day as a blessing and eat each donut as you may, but all things do in good measures? …and that’s my lesson for today.

1 Corinthians 10:23 All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify.

Luke 13:24 “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able.

2 thoughts on “Today is Fat Tuesday 2014”

  1. Don’t worry I love the pageantry of celebration as well, but I am always at a loss for the need to bring religion into the mix as if it is of God and not just of life itself. Life is a struggle and a celebration and all things done in joy and thanksgiving are an act of worship. I don’t really mind the joy and good times but I do mind the excessiveness of it and the dichotomy being mixed into faith. Balance is truth not excess.

    Thank you for writing Ellen. I love your passion.

  2. I agree with everything you say about excess, but I adore Carnival, which is a season running from Epiphany to Mardi Gras, today. It’s a period of wonder with fantastical floats, group camaraderie, and public celebration of the imagination. Yes, some folks see it as a one-day drunken binge on Bourbon Street, but I see it as a celebration of joy in the world. My favorite Krewe this season was a group of third-graders who made their own costumes—i love the dedication to silliness just as much as I love the inward turn toward God during Lent. Maybe I’m more comfortable with a longer timeline than one day since I’m more of a spiritual marathoner! Thanks for sharing your thoughts—I enjoyed it.

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