Posts Tagged ‘lent’
March 15, 2012 by Steven Worden
“Remember, Oh Man, that thou art dust and unto dust thou shalt return” Millions of people around the world heard that charge as a thumb smudged an ashen cross on their foreheads on Ash Wednesday. Not exactly an admonition that sends one scurrying to the mall to buy the newest boots. But, reminders of insignificance perhaps rarely inspire a frenzy of consumerism such as that which often accompanies the Christmas season. Still, some seasonal response might be forthcoming. Remarkably, in a materialistic society, a couple of weeks ago, some churches were jam-packed to overflowing as participants sought this sooty mark on the forehead. Maybe some meddlesome biting of the conscience led to a small realization of the need for more humility in their lives. Further, and in an even more bizarre twist, some people e even decided to make some sacrifice over the next six weeks by not consuming something. Talk about counter-cultural! As that titan of corporate advertising, Google, sharpens even further its knife-edged ability to collect detailed, highly specific information for eager marketers, some folks are actually choosing to consume less, to cut back on something. That’s just crazy talk. After all, we know religion to be oppressive …Read More...