But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.
Matthew 16:23 (King James Version)
Today is Ash Wednesday; and the start of the 2017 Lenten Season. For the next 40 days we’re called to prayer, reflection and any other practice to draw us closer to The Divine.
We see protest in the world as we start this Season, protest against the Trump administration in the White House. This wave of protest is not some random rant, but a groundswell of anger. People are witnessing the perversion of power on a grand scale, whilst lies-euphemistically called “alternative facts”-pass off as news. We’re witnessing crony Capitalism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, racism and sexism being part of everyday life in government. Demagoguery has hijacked democracy and We The People are fed up.
If we want to take a look at Lent, we see that the act of giving up (or taking on) is a “protest” against the things of this world. When we give up something to grow spiritually, we thumb our noses at the consumerist culture that assails us. When we take on those things that help us and bless others, we reject the selfish attitudes that current culture celebrates.
In light of today’s Scripture, we instead savor the things of God instead of the things of this world.
Protest at Lent? Or should I say “Lent is Protest?” Welcome to Lent 2017.