[quote ]“Christ wants to be the center of your life, The reason for your being here at all; He gave Himself a sacrifice for you, And now He waits for you to hear His call.”- – Hess[/quote]
Looking back at the years when we were growing up, I remember the many traditions and beliefs our parents asked us to follow strictly during the observance of Lent, especially the last week. Those were the six days before Easter Sunday.
Our daily activities were restricted. Activities such as playing, talking in loud voices and going out of the house — things we used to do because it was vacation time — were all taboo. More time was spent on praying and recalling Christ’s hardships on his way to Calvary.
At that time, many of us didn’t have television sets. We had only radios. We were prohibited from listening to the radio unless what was being broadcast was about the life of Christ.
Taking a bath after three o’clock in the afternoon on Good Friday, the time we believe Christ died on the cross, was not also allowed.
Reminiscing all this now, I’m sure many elders agree with me that Lent, during our time, was observed more solemnly compared with how the new generation celebrates Holy Week today.
I’m not in a position to criticize what I see on TV and how some people celebrate Lent, but as Christians, I think we should be serious and earnest in manifesting our relationship to Jesus with our acts and behaviors.
During the Holy Week these days, some go to beautiful tourist spots or vacation areas in our country, and the moneyed people go abroad to enjoy and, at the same time, to reflect and meditate on the meaning of Lent. I believe in the adage that we cannot serve two masters at the same time. Also, I believe in the saying, “Give Caesar what is due to Caesar.” Or give God what is due to God.
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Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the world of God” — Ephesians 6:13-17