WELCOME to my most beloved church season… Lent.
It is not beloved because of its sober tone or the gloom and doom, but despite it. It is beloved because of its authenticity.
Generation X and younger have especially demanded that those identifying as Christin, their faith communities and denominations, as well as the church universal be authentic and transparent. Their participation or lack thereof is often rooted in these demands.
It is not about ever-changing, energy-charged, entertaining worship.
It is not about the music, sound system, or multi-media.
It is not about coffee bars or accommodations.
Again, it is about authenticity.
But, it is challenging because it requires vulnerability and self-reflection.
Thus, Lent is our annual emphasis on removing the masks that hide our self-centeredness, insecurities, flaws, failures, and less than Christ-like thoughts, words, and deeds which harm our relationship with God, neighbor, and self.
This focus includes NOT practicing our piety and presumed righteousness before others. Read the rest of this entry »