Hold the Fat

Today is Fat Tuesday, the culmination of Mardi Gras. Traditionally, it’s the day that peeps try to gorge themselves on as much fatty, fried and filling food as humanly possible, knowing that Lent is right around the corner.

Unfortunately, many live as if every day is Fat Tuesday — spiritually speaking. They pack as much stuff and pleasure and luxury and comfort into their lives as they possibly can. Then they die.

God has some rather direct words for those who choose that path:

Many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things.
(Philippians 3:19)

Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat, for drunkards and gluttons become poor and drowsiness clothes them in rags.
(Proverbs 23:20-21)

Clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.
(Romans 13:14)

Walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want.
(Galatians 5:16-17)

Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
(1 Corinthians 6:19)


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