Word from the Pastor
Many of us know all too well about the thoughts that led us to want and then begin dieting - so we can look better, feel better, and fit into our clothes better. However, we probably have more vivid images about the practice of dieting and how easily it was to give up on the initial intent that led us to want to diet. It fits the old adage of “The mind is willing but the body is weak.”
We have become too cultured to the comforts, especially the easily gained immediate comforts that satisfy the basic needs of the human condition. We live in a utilitarian society constantly asking why am I doing this or that and then we apply to that thought process our passions and emotions which really don’t have any intellectual bias. You might ask who or what is in control of your decision-making process. You see the intellect seeks to be objective and elicit a system of thoughts that seek out the goodness and health of the individual based on primary truth. It is the soul that seeks to spur the intellect into a correct way of thinking in order to correlate a proper reaction. However, the passions and emotions want what they want; whether it is good for us or not. We too swiftly and easily control those wants and needs by simply satisfying them. The neglect of letting the soul do its needed influencing is pushed aside so we might indulge the emotions and passions. It is the reason why Americans are overweight. The example of fast food is just too easy a choice to make that would first and foremost indulge the taste buds whether one is hungry or not. Sometimes just the memory of an aroma of a delicious repast is enough to get us to scurry to the kitchen to find with great haste a delectable to satisfy the stirrings of what our remembered olfactory senses once picked up that just seemed to be pleasurable. Too frequently, we have given in to the quick solution of those emotions and passions that haunt us daily and cause us to forsake the very urgings of the soul. Lent is a time to return the soul to its proper place in the life of a believing Christian.
We can readily identify with our modern stance as humans that we have the ability to pick, chose, and decide. Our Christian character is a direct product of the mullings and choices we make in conjunction with or without the soul. Lent should help us to understand we are the managers of our existence by the decisions we make. Are we making those decisions based on mindless responses or are we choosing what God would have us do on a day to day basis? Are we choosing the earth over heaven or are we choosing heaven over earth?
Our world view offers us some confusion about classical Christianity. Although we are free to make choices and decisions, our freedom is not unlimited. The greater majority of our lives are not self-determined. Much of our orientation, as Americans, is aimed at achieving or getting wealth and power. Even our society favors examples of stories where weakness is derided and lack of power ridiculed or bullied. In both situations, the individual is considered to be in a position of not being blessed or promises will go unfulfilled. Lent gives rebirth to the soul.