Lent and Liberty

Am glad to hear someone else say it…

PatrickBarber's Blog

Having grown up in the Church of Christ blentut having a lot of Catholic friends, I knew a little about Lent and Ash Wednesday, but I never practiced such things.  Those things were, in the terminology of my spiritual teachers and guides, “denominational.”  That meant, those things weren’t taught or authorized in Scripture.  The conclusion or application for us, then, was that we shouldn’t participate in such ritualistic behavior.  So that’s what I thought for a very long time.

Some of those same guides, however, were pretty pumped up about wearing WWJD (What would Jesus do?) bracelets back in the day.  Was that authorized specifically in Scripture?  No, of course not.  So did that make it wrong, unbiblical, ritualistic, or sinful?

Whether it’s wearing a bracelet to help you remember your dedication to following Jesus or observing a 40-day period of fasting to commemorate the sacrifice of Jesus, anything…

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