Religion Gone Stupid!

By Patrick Hawthorne

This is a repost from last year, but being as Mardi Gras is once again upon us I felt the need to have a repeat.

Mardi-Gras-MasksI know this particular post might offend some, but I assure you that offense is not my intent.  However, this particular subject has puzzled me for the past twenty-seven years which is the amount of time I have been living in Louisiana.  The subject in question involves Mardi Gras.  Before I begin, this post is NOT an attack of those who are of the Catholic faith.  Nor is it focused on those individuals who enjoy watching or participating in the many family oriented parades associated with Mardi Gras.

Although considered to be primarily a Catholic event to celebrate the last day before Lent (a forty day fasting period), Mardi Gras has gained popularity among Christians of all denominations.  In past times, from what I understand, Mardi Gras (French for “Fat Tuesday”) was adopted from other cultures and served as a time to enjoy certain foods which were to be given up for Lent.

For instance, if a family was giving up eggs, meats, or other perishable foods for the forty days of Lent, then it made sense to have a last “Hurrah,” so to speak, by eating those foods and not let them spoil.  However, the “Last Hurrah,” somehow took a turn among many in the Christian community.  To many it has become a free for all, no holds barred, sin fest.

Years ago, I was chit chatting with a woman who is a professing Christian.  Somehow the conversation turned to Mardi Gras.  Having lived in Georgia and Alabama for much of my youth, I was not familiar with Mardi Gras and asked her what it was all about.   As she spoke about the celebrations, floats, Cajun music, and more, her eyes lit up.  I could tell she really enjoyed the celebration.  She made it sound really fun….until!

As the woman elaborated on the festivities, the truth came out.  Mardi Gras, in her point of view, was a day in which she could run wild without fear of the consequences of her sin.   According to this woman, her religion allowed her the freedom to use this one day as a day to, “Get it out of her system.”

Having not learned the art of restraining my tongue while my brain processed the information, I blurted out something to the affect of, “That is about the most stupid thing I have ever heard.  That is religion gone stupid.”  For some odd reason, that was our last conversation.

I seriously doubt that her spiritual advisor taught her that God allows us one free day to sin, but that is what she chose to believe.  Unfortunately, many professing Christian’s of all denominations carry this same skewed idea.  It may not necessarily be Mardi Gras related, but some believe that God’s grace allows us to live it up today with the intent of asking for forgiveness tomorrow; this is a perversion of God’s grace.  That too is, “Religion gone stupid!”

For certain men have crept in stealthily [gaining entrance secretly by a side door]. Their doom was predicted long ago, ungodly (impious, profane) persons who pervert the grace (the spiritual blessing and favor) of our God into lawlessness and wantonness and immorality, and disown and deny our sole Master and Lord, Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One). (Jude 1:4 Amplified)

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21 comments on “Religion Gone Stupid!
  1. seedsofgrace05 says:

    I never understood it either Pat.

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  2. Wow! Being from California, I had no idea! I’ve never even had the desire to experience the event. Being a Christian, I’ve always been kind of turned off to what I imagine happens there. I do however, eat a lot of candy and junk food right before I start a diet…I guess that helps me understand the motive. However, I’m not a big fan of things that are contradictory to scripture. Some of the biggest lies I’ve ever been told I heard at church.

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  3. SLIMJIM says:

    That verse just leaped out and smacked me (figuratively of course). It definitely has implications against the Mardi Gras experience that you described. I’ve never understood even as a nonbeliever how perversions came into being from a religious root.

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  4. Wally Fry says:

    Well said and very valid questions. We have many Cajun folks up this way so this is useful

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  5. Shreveport Fire Department. I am now in the EMS Division but was a firefighter/driver.

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  6. I live in Louisiana and will say that most of the people I know don’t think that deeply about Mardi Gras or what it’s really about, they just do the parades and have fun.

    That being said, the whole idea of a free day to sin is as un-Christian as anything can be.

    Good post and good food for thought.

    God bless,

    James

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  7. Small world. I probably saw yall. I’m with Shreveport Fire but was working at the police bus.

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  8. I totally don’t understand how someone can profess to being a Christian then they are busy searching for a day to get a pass to sin or get it all out? It almost sounds as if the choice to be a Christian is forced on her and she is living her life for someone else. We humans are totally excellent in skewing things out of context.

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  9. Hi Jacqueline. I live in the South. Practically everyone you talk to in the South is Christian…just ask them. You are right and this post isn’t just about Mardi Gras but a whole mentality of believing that God’s grace will cover us even when we are living a life contrary to His Word.

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  10. There are too many Christians who never read their Bibles. I remember New Orleans in the seventies, it wasn’t Mardi Gras, I wasn’t a Christian, and this small town desert girl was beyond shocked by what went on the Quarter at night…but as a whole, we are very desensitized to sin. The commercials on t.v. are worse than a lot of what shocked me back then and a lot of what bothered me then is crammed down out throats as acceptable now. I’ll end where I started. People who really love Jesus and want to live to please Him need to read their Bibles more. If a professing Christian is comfortable sinning and has fun sinning, I don’t think they have what I have…

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  11. Well, to be honest, I believe this one lady walked under the cloak of religion but had no clue as to who Jesus is. And, you are right about the tv commercials. Who would have ever thought we would see viagra commercials and Victoria’s non secrets on regular tv?

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