Beware the temptations of Mardi Gras

Published 12:00 am Saturday, February 18, 2012

Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, will be celebrated next week throughout Louisiana. It has always been referred to as the biggest outdoor party in the world.

“Mardi Gras Madness,” as some people describe it, is now bigger than ever. (As a point of information, “madness” is defined as a condition of being mad. “Mad” is defined as crazy, insane, foolish and senseless.)

With the celebration comes the attitude that creates the atmosphere of “eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die.” The Bible says that people with this mentality are fools.

Many people make Mardi Gras a family day. On that day, the family will be exposed to drunkenness, drug use without the fear of arrest, people urinating on the streets, people parading half-naked (and some naked) and homosexuals having a public beauty contest, with spectators applauding. Good times? You be the judge.

The real spirit of Mardi Gras is the spirit of revelry and excess. God repeatedly warns us against such behavior, as in Galatians 5: 19-21, “Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are adultery, fornication, uncleanness, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like, of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”

Did I ever participate? You bet I did! I rode on a float – got drunk – and got caught up in the wicked spirit that prevails that day. I thank God that I’ve been delivered. The blinders have been removed.

Am I writing this article as a self-righteous, condemning Christian? The answer is “no.” The main question is: “Is God, our Heavenly Father, honored and pleased with such activity?”

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