The word “Lent” means spring. But it’s more like winter — the last blast of cold before the warm green is here to stay. Fasting before feasting. Gearing down before going up. But what is it, exactly? Let’s start with what it’s not.
CONFUSION REGARDING LENT
There is much confusion in the American Evangelical Church regarding Lent. To be sure, the Bible doesn’t require us to recognize seasons like Lent or Advent. In Romans 14:5, Paul writes that the celebration of holy days is a matter of Christian liberty. Paul continues, “The one who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord” [Romans 14:6]. Therefore, any recognition of Lent must be done in a way that honors God.
As Jesus made clear when he quoted the prophet Isaiah to the Pharisees, external actions void of heart-engagement are not honoring to God.
“Well did Isaiah prophecy of you hypocrites…
‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.’
Therefore, any special attention to the Lenten Season that honors God must include heart-level repentance and real faith, not external obedience to church tradition. “What are you giving up for Lent?”, many will say.
Answer simply, “Myself.”
We have some resources that will hopefully help you do that, including a brand new initiative that’ll continue well past this season for our church. Visit the link below our download our mobile app (text PEORIA APP to 77977 or search us where you download apps) to access those resources.