Mardi Gras

Posted Sunday, March 6, 2011, at 7:29 PM
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  • That's just aweful. Do they really believe God is pleased with that? Here's what His Spirit revealed in 1 Peter 4:3-5, "For the time already past is sufficient for you to have carried out the desire of the Gentiles, having pursued a course of sensuality, lusts, drunkenness, carousing, drinking parties and abominable idolatries. In all this, they are surprised that you do not run with them into the same excesses of dissipation, and they malign you; but they will give account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead." Also Rom 6:2 "How shall we who died to sin still live in it?" Finally Col 3:5-7 "Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry." Believers in Jesus Christ are supposed to be DEAD to such behavior, not indulging in it. I hope they learn better before they have to give an account of their behavior.

    -- Posted by brazilian on Mon, Mar 7, 2011, at 8:03 AM
  • Dear Brazillian,

    If you ever have the good fortune to experience Marti Gras, you would realize that it is soooo much fun, even God would enjoy himself.

    -- Posted by Charles Hear on Mon, Mar 7, 2011, at 8:25 AM
  • brazilian:

    Charles sensationalizes a bit. Yes drunken bawdiness does occur but not everyone goes to the extreme. "Fat Tuesday" is actually celebrated in other Christian countries as well. Note the Pazcki [sp?] or jelly donuts that are traditionally eaten in Eastern European countries as the last bit of sugar and fat before Lenten fasting. Ireland too has special Lenten cakes as well without sugar eggs or fat that can still be eaten during Lent, those ingredients considered foods outside Lenten fasting rules.

    Like Christmas which really is no longer celebrated anywhere near a holy day [some churches don't even have a service on Christmas anymore which really shocked me as I would think part of celebrating the traditionally celebrated birthday of our Lord would be going to church]. Shrove Tuesday as it is called in many English speaking countries, is to get ready for the fasting of Lent by doing penance for our sins. The food thing is an off shoot of that. In some countries that is considered pancake day as the last day again that one eats eggs, fat and sugar before Easter to try to mimic Jesus' fasting in the desert when tempted by the devil. Eating those rich foods during Lent is symbolic of us being tempted.

    Mardi Gras [literally "Tuesday Fat" in French]is now just a huge money making event in New Orleans that is LOOSELY connected with a religious practice just as going broke to buy Christmas gifts is LOOSELY connected to the Kings bringing gifts to Jesus and Bishop Nicholas [Saint Nicholas or Sinterklaas in Dutch] leaving money in the shoes of the daughters of poor families so they would have a dowry and not have to be sold into slavery in Constantinople. In some European countries today St Nicholas comes to fill the childrens' shoes on December 6th, thought to be his birthday, not on Christmas. In addition to that some countries give their gifts on January 6 [epiphany or three kings day] when the kings brought their gifts to Jesus. We have just commercialized Christmas to the hilt, blending the three holidays into one huge marketable monster that is not any holier than Mardi Gras.

    Even Christmas itself was placed near the winter solstace for a reason to get the pagans to morph their midwinter celebrating that the Catholic leaders knew they wouldn't give up. All records and star alignments etc lead us to believe that Jesus was actually born in the summer months.

    So long story Yes Mardi Gras started OUT connected to a Christian celebration like many others have but really has little to do with it in reality. Now just a fun time like New Year's eve...much like Christmas is for many people who put a tree up at Thanksgiving [during Advent and not yet the Christmas season on liturgical calendar] and take it down on December 26th when the Christmas season isn't over until Epiphany when the kings [and gifts]arrive on January 6th. Have a good day.

    -- Posted by Jenny Moore on Tue, Mar 8, 2011, at 8:29 AM
  • Sensationalize? Me??? I am dismayed that anyone would ever propose such a thing (he said tongue in cheek). ;-)

    Perhaps emphasizing hedonism and sating all earthly desires may slightly distort the facts. That said, my Marti Gras experience was when I was 21 and on Spring break which may have distorted my impressions.

    Still, I didn't mention the swing at Patty O'Brien's, the best way to get strands of beads (particularly the coveted pearls), or some of the more choice entertainment around Bourbon Street.

    -- Posted by Charles Hear on Tue, Mar 8, 2011, at 12:40 PM
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