Mardi Gras 2009 – Reveling in Revelry

by Shawn Brasseaux

Although Mardi Gras is over, much of Acadiana is still recuperating. Why is “revelry” mentioned in conjunction with Mardi Gras? Is this something for which to be proud? How can intelligent, professing Christians act so immoral and unbiblical? This is shameful and carnal, and it brings reproach to the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Did no one feel compunction about the revelry during Fat Tuesday?

Does anyone not know what the Scriptures say about revelry? The Apostle Paul describes, to a T, the spirit of Mardi Gras (Galatians 5:19-21). That word “revelings” in verse 21 is “letting loose, like at a drunken riotous party.” How can professing Christian engage in revelry, even when the Apostle Peter instructed his Jewish readers not to revel in 1 Peter 4:3? Are people going to continually ignore Romans 13:12-14, and pursue the “lusts of the flesh?”

All of this gross sin is veiled under the cloak of religion! People claim to be associated with God, but spit in His face. Oh, they have their king cake, claiming to have a plastic Baby Jesus hidden away inside this dessert. Absolutely false, complete “hogwash.” The Mardi Gras colors are green (faith), purple (justice), and gold (power). The irony is that there is no Biblical faith here (God’s Word forbids their activity, but they do it anyway; they do not believe a word God says). There is no justice, as they mock God with their carousing—that will change one day. They are taking advantage of grace (Romans 6:1,2,14,15)!

I am not condemning or judging; I am telling you what the Bible says. What you say, I say, or what anyone else says means nothing here. You may be a Christian today, unaware of what Mardi Gras is all about. Do research, and see if what I say is true. Is it really worth going to a silly parade for one day, and bring reproach to the name of the Lord, the one who “loved you, and gave Himself for you?”

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