I am participating in the Western Christian tradition of Lent this year for the first time. Inspired by my podcast parter, John Chandler (and that Jesus guy too), I will be giving up two things: soda and bashing of the Bush administration. This being my first lent, I started to think that I should start off slow. I thought maybe I could refrain from flossing or working out at the gym, but as it turns out, I’m pretty good at avoiding those things anyway. Instead, I think I set the bar pretty damn high for myself. I love Diet Coke and I love to belittle conservative politicians. I love it even more when I’m doing both at the same time.
Not sure why I’ve never done this before…..oh yeah. That’s right! It’s because doing something like this just seems plain ol’ nutty to evangelicals. I mean, trying to align your posture a little bit more like that of Christ Jesus is just a distraction from making sure we are inviting our friends to the sunrise service at our church on Easter morning. You know, Easter….the first of two annual commercials for our church. Just make sure you don’t put anything weird on your forehead next Wednesday. Your friends might think you’re weird and then they for sure won’t come to check out your church on Easter.