Fat Tuesday 2011.

Mardi Gras is a French term meaning Fat Tuesday. I first heard of Mardi Gras as a child in elementary school. My early childhood friend and neighbor had moved to Louisiana, and when I would visit her she would give me these gorgeous beads that had come from Mardi Gras. She said that it was a parade with floats, and the beads were thrown from these floats. I truly enjoyed the beads and that is a fond memory still.
I have never been to Mardi Gras, but I have heard and read about it most of my life. I understand that it is of Catholic origins. Mardi Gras is the Tuesday before Lent. Mardi Gras is celebrated in several place around the world, but for years the place most commonly associated with it has been New Orleans, Louisiana. The Catholics practice a sort of fast during Lent, they give up something they enjoy, so they take the opportunity to indulge on the Tuesday before, and now the whole week and more. Several sources say that if you go to Mardi Gras you can expect to see complete nudity, fornication, drunkeness, drug abuse, sexual assault, and all manner of wickedness. There is a tradition that if a man gives a woman beads she is obligated to do something for him in return. Mardi Gras is a modern day Sodom and Gomorrah and is no place for a child of God.

Rom 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
Rom 1:19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
Rom 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
Rom 1:21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
Rom 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
Rom 1:23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
Rom 1:24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
Rom 1:25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
Rom 1:26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
Rom 1:27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
Rom 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
Rom 1:29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
Rom 1:30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
Rom 1:31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
Rom 1:32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.


Liesa said...

Amen, Lisa.
We lived in New Orleans for a while.
It's bad enough (mostly downtown) when it's not Mardi Gras time. It amazes me at the people who say they are saved that participate in this. It honestly embarrasses me just hearing about it.
Thanks for the post.

Aliene said...

I grew up within 45 miles of New Orleans but I have never been to one. Had no desire then and many years later I still have no desire.
It surely is not for a Child of God to go into a den of iniquity.
Thanks for the post. Blessings!

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