Explaining Mardi Gras and Lent to the Reformed: A Short Primer

Since most Reformed Christians (real adherents of Reformed theology) don’t observe such Catholic myths as ‘Fat Tuesday’ or ‘Lent’ let me offer a short primer so you know what the Catholic/Un-Reformed are doing for the next few weeks:

Mardi Gras– An opportunity to live as riotously and sinfully as one wishes with the belief that a few moments of ‘penance’ at the conclusion of the ‘celebration’ will please God and erase guilt.

Lent– The hyperpious notion that if one slathers ash and dirt on one’s forehead and gives up a few non-essential pleasures during a period of 40 days one is somehow made right with God, in spite of and even indeed in contradiction oftentimes to the condition of one’s heart and one’s authentic spiritual state.

Ash Wednesday– That day when the Un-Reformed slather ash on their faces and festoon their blogs with constant reminders of their super-seriousness concerning spiritual things.  It is ‘kickoff day’ for the period of Lent, after which, as soon as the Easter Egg Hunt is over, practitioners return to their pre-Lenten state of riotous living and debauchery.

Just remember the words of Jesus-

When you are fasting, do not put on a gloomy look as the hypocrites do: they go about looking unsightly to let people know they are fasting. In truth I tell you, they have had their reward. But when you fast, put scent on your head and wash your face, so that no one will know you are fasting except your Father who sees all that is done in secret; and your Father who sees all that is done in secret will reward you. (Mat 6:16-17).

Go, wash your faces, you Lentians, and do your pious acts in privacy, so that they are between you and God!

The Real Reason Catholics and Other un-Reformed Christians Like Lent Exposed…

While most know today as Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras, those of Polish descent may know it as Paczki Day.  Paczki Day is described by AnnArbor.com as simply “excessive consumption of fat, jelly-filled Polish pastries.” It is a popular holiday in Ann Arbor, Mich., as well as American cities with large Polish populations such as ChicagoBuffalo and Detroit.  The word Paczki (pronounced POONCH-key), or pączek, is defined by Dictionary.com as: “A round Polish pastry similar to a doughnut, usually filled with fruit and topped with sugar or icing.” Traditionally, Paczki Day originated due to the need to use up lard, sugar and eggs prior to Lent, which begins the day after.

Yes friends, they like it because it offers them the opportunity to eat disgusting food and get fat from it!!!!!  Why do you think they call it FAT TUESDAY???

[You read it here first, just remember that…]

Mardis Gras: Just Another Excuse to Act Wickedly

Want to expose yourself for little plastic beads?  No problem.  Want to stumble the streets in a drunken stupor?  Have at.  Want to do it with mobs of other like minded people?  There’s a place for you!  It’s New Orleans Mardis Gras… ostensibly the last ‘big party day’ before the season of ‘Lent’ commences.

So go an act as wickedly as you like… you can ‘repent’ during ‘Lent’ and then you can do it all over again next year.

[Which fact shows beyond doubt that neither repentance nor Lent are meaningful in any truly spiritual sense for the massa perditionis].