God’s Idea of Lent

Governor Cuomo signs a bill legalizing super late abortions. In today’s Old Testament reading Isaiah instructs today’s pastor(s) to tell “their people their wickedness” Don’t worry about government funding for your church budget. Better to be without funds then to exchange the power and glory of God for the favor of man and a buck.

To all the Church officials who are in bed with the government, St. Peter says to you, “May your money perish with you” (Acts 8:20). 

To all the Church officials who are in bed with the government, St. Peter says to you, “May your money perish with you” (Acts 8:20).  Return to the days of Acts 3, “Silver and gold have I none but in the name of Jesus…”

In Jesus day, the Pharisees were leaders in the public show of fasting. When the publican and the Pharisee were praying, the Pharisee obeyed Isaiah command:
“Cry out full-throated and unsparingly, lift up your voice like a trumpet blast.” His voice had that full rich sound that every public prayer ought to have. In today’s world, these Pharisees would show off their ashy foreheads so that all the world could see them on national TV. Inside, they are “lovers of money, haters of good” (cf. Micah 3).

God instructed Isaiah to “Tell my people their wickedness, and the house of Jacob their sins. ….Lo, on your fast day you carry out your own pursuits, and drive all your laborers. Yes, your fast ends in quarreling and fighting, striking with wicked claw.”

Sin kills the soul and the nation.

The narrow way is still the narrow way and few will find it. The Apostle Paul writes: “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.”

Sounds like the platform of one of our parties. If the apostle Paul is to be believed, we need a full throated revival. Instead of quarreling and fighting, our leaders in the Church and in Washington need to get down on their knees.

Jesus promised a day when “the bridegroom is taken away from them,and then they will fast.” We have 44 days to learn the art of true fasting.

Isaiah 58 spells out God’s idea of fasting:

“This, rather, is the fasting that I wish:
releasing those bound unjustly,
untying the thongs of the yoke;
Setting free the oppressed,
breaking every yoke;
Sharing your bread with the hungry,
sheltering the oppressed and the homeless;
Clothing the naked when you see them,
and not turning your back on your own.”

Like the people of Nineveh, spiritually speaking we don’t know our right hand from our left. Perhaps God will give us the gift of repentance (2 Timothy 2).

Author: gbradepp

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